After
falling out with his immediate past club, Sharks FC for their failure to give
him a contract, Austin Eguavoen has found peace at lower division side, City Of
David United Football Club, also known as COD United.

Eguavoen
who has coached the Super Eagles, Enyimba and Sharks was unveiled as Club
manager of COD on Friday after parting ways with former Manager  Bode Awakan.
Eguavoen
started his managerial career in 2001 at Silema Wanderers in Malta and guided
the club to a 2nd place finish. He then went on to manage local clubs Enyimba
FC of Aba and Sharks F.C of Port Harcourt while also spending some time in
South Africa as Manager of South African side Black Leopards. Eguavoen has been
coach of the U-17, U-20, U-23 and managed the full National Team of Nigeria at
2006 African Nations Cup in the Egypt where he led the team to a bronze medal
finish.
He
spent his playing career playing for clubs such as ACB of Lagos, Kortkijk and
Genk of Belgium, Sacramento Scorpions and Torpedo Moscow amongst others
accumulating over 500 appearances. He won 53 caps for Nigeria and was a key
member of the Tunisia 94 team that emerged African Champions and was a part of
the team that qualified and represented Nigeria at the World Cup for the first
time ever.
Speaking
on the appointment, Shola Opaleye, Chief Executive of the club said the
experience of the coach was a major factor.
“Eguavoen
is highly experienced at the very highest level of football and we hope he can
bring his wealth of experience to bear on our ambitions to gain promotion. He
is passionate, driven and ambitious and we are glad to have him join us. We
have very good young players here and we have further reinforced by signing
experienced hands like Kabiru Alausa. We feel putting Eguavoen in charge now is
the right thing to do and we hope his knowledge, experience and leadership
skills would help our players become better players and help us gain promotion.
One of his immediate goals is to improve the quality of our play so that fans
that troop out to watch us play will get value for their time and money. That
is very important to us. We want a mix of good performances and good
results.”
Speaking
on his decision to join the club, Eguavoen said “I am very happy to join C.O.D
United. I am very excited about their approach to football and I feel at home
already. They are forward looking, very ambitious and brave which are all
attributes I share. I have seen the players, they are talented no doubt and all
I can do is make them even better and work with them to gain promotion.”
Eguaveon
also insisted that joining C.O.D is not a step down. “I actually see this
as a great move for me. This is a hugely ambitious club. It is well run by
intelligent people and all the structures even the so called premier league
clubs lack are all in place here. I am definitely positive this is a good move
for me and I am sure come end of the season when we gain promotion, I would be
proved right.
C.O.D
United are placed 4th on the NNL table, just 3 points off table toppers Crown
FC of Ogbomosho.
Photo
Caption:(L-R) C.O.D Chief Exceutive Opaleye looks on while Eguavoen signs his
contract.

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