Super Eagles Mentality Our Major Problem, Not Jose Peseiro – Egueavoen

A former Super Eagles defender and coach Augustine Egueavoen remains upbeat that the poor form of the national team is dependent on the player’s mentality towards games reports.

Super Eagles under the tutelage of Portuguese tactician Jose Peseiro failed to secure a win in two of its 2026 FIFA world cup qualifier fixtures against Lesotho and Zimbabwe. A situation which triggered a call for his immediate expulsion as coach of the national team.

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Super Eagles team at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos.

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Fans believed that his poor technical approach to games is the reason behind the national team’s poor results. But, Augustine Egueavoen, who’s a former head coach of the Super Eagles, has a different opinion.

Egueavoen talks about Super Eagles mentality in matches

According to Egueavoen, the current crop of players in the national team lacks the character and challenging mentality to win games.

“I talk about character and challenging the mentality. When we play against minors ‘small teams’ this is always our performance,” Egueavoen said as quoted by Owngoal Nigeria.

“Even when we play against by teams, we intend to raise our games.”

Speaking further, the 1994 African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) winner said he’d like a situation where the Super Eagles approach every game with utmost seriousness.

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Augustine Egueavoen

“We should approach every game like a final game. Once you do that, I don’t think there will be any problem. We have all it takes. I’m not being political. I have been a performance all my life and I will try to speak the truth. I’m not perfect,” he continued.

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The former KAA Gent defender added, that, “If you just change that mindset, the way you play againsyt Ghana, Brazil, and Tunisia, that’s the same way you have to approach small countries as well.”

The Super Eagles will hope to win a fourth AFCON title next year in Ivory Coast. The national team last won an AFCON title a decade ago.

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