Eguavoen bars Pinnick, others from Super Eagles’ AFCON dressing room

Super Eagles interim coach Austin Eguavoen says guests including the president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, will not be allowed in the team’s dressing room anymore.

Pinnick was in the Super Eagles’ dressing room at halftime to motivate them during the encounters against Egypt and Sudan.

However, Eguavoen told a news conference on Saturday that the trend would be discontinued to allow the players focus.

“We talked about timing and I am still talking about it. It’s our culture – motivation is good,” he said.

“Guests can have short discussions with the team at the restaurant and not inside the dressing room.

“Against Egypt was the only time when the NFF president and the Air Peace president came to see the team and it was five minutes.

“In the second and third games, no one came to see the team. I don’t think this will happen tomorrow (Sunday).”

The coach explained that the halftime break is needed for the players and coaches to discuss tactics.

Nigeria will play Tunisia in the Round of 16 clash at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon on Sunday night.