New interim coach of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has admitted he was shocked to be announced as the next coach of the national team.
He has stepped into the role, after Gernot Rohr was fired by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last weekend.
Eguavoen said he never expected that Rohr would be sacked despite a cloud hanging over his future.
Technical Director of the Federation, Eguavoen was appointed to take over the managerial reins for the time being.
“I would say I was shocked, I was surprised when my name was announced after a brief discussion but I thought Gernot Rohr will continue because it has always been is he going to continue is he not going to continue, we’re going to sort things out,” Eguavoen told Channels Television.
“And then when my bosses spoke to me about it a couple of days ago I was like why not but is there a possibility that we can sort things out with him.
“We couldn’t get things sorted out and you know when stuff like this happens, the next person in line is the Technical Director.
“It’s something I’ve been through before, I am in the system, I know everything about the players and management, of course, the administration also.”