AFCON 2021 : Uwe Salutes Eguaveon, Super Eagles

January 20 14:26 2022


Former Nigerian international Andrew Uwe, has commended the performance of Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguaevon at the ongoing AFCON currently holding in Cameroon, saying that it was clear evidence of having an experienced local coach handling the team.

Uwe who was the captain of the National U. 20 team that won bronze medals at FIFA U. 20 World Cup held in Moscow 1985, also commended the players for putting up a five star performances in the tournament, saying that the country has all the potentials to win the AFCON trophy for the fourth time.

The former Leventis United and Iwuanyanwu Nationale strongman said the time has come for adequate emphasis be placed on genuine development of football at the grassroots level, and local coaches developed to further discover the abundant talents in the country.

He also stated that in other to harness these talents and potentials, there is a need for adequate understanding of grassroots football which can be gained through extensive course study to aid productivity.

Uwe, who played as a central defender was a vital part of Nigeria’s U20 Flying Eagles and the captain of the squad that won the Bronze medal at the FIFA World Youth Championship which held in Soviet Union in 1985.

He represented Nigeria at the 1988 Olympic Games in South Korea and also featured in the 1988 African Cup of Nations, where the national team known as Green Eagles at the time, won the silver medal in Morocco.

Uwe’s playing career included stints at Leventis United FC, Iwuanyanwu Nationale and Calabar Rovers in Nigeria. He also had extensive playing time abroad with clubs in Portugal, Holland, South Korea, Belgium, and at VFB Oldenburg Germany. He last played for Houston Dynamo of Texas in the United States before embarking on his coaching career.

The 54-year-old former international, who currently holds a German Elite License as well as a UEFA coaching license, noted that local and grassroots football had lacked attention in Nigeria and there is an urgent need to reawaken sports development in the country.

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