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Augustine Owen Eguavoen (born 19 August 1965) is a former professional footballer and was most recently manager of Nigeria national under-23 football team and the former manager of the Nigerian national football team.

Augustine Eguavoen
Personal information
Full name Augustine Owen Eguavoen
Date of birth (1965-08-19) 19 August 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Sapele, Nigeria
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 ACB Lagos
1986–1990 Gent 77 (10)
1990–1994 K.V. Kortrijk 95 (7)
1994–1995 CD Ourense 10 (0)
1995–1996 K.V. Kortrijk 27 (1)
1996 Sacramento Scorpions
1997–1998 Torpedo Moscow 25 (1)
1998–2001 Sliema Wanderers 6 (0)
National team
1987–1998 Nigeria[1] 49 (1)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Sliema Wanderers
2002 Bendel Insurance
2002–2003 Nigeria U20
2005–2007 Nigeria
2008 Black Leopards
2008–2009 Enyimba International
2010 Nigeria (caretaker)
2010–2011 Nigeria U23
2012–2013 Sharks F.C.
2013 COD United F.C.
2014 Bendel Insurance
2014–2015 Gombe United F.C.
2017 Sunshine Stars F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 December 2011


Playing careerEdit

During his varied career Eguavoen began his career with ACB Lagos in his native Nigeria, some impressive performances gained him a move to Gent in 1986. He went on to play for K.V. Kortrijk, CD Ourense, Sacramento Scorpions, Torpedo Moscow and finished his career in Malta with Sliema Wanderers.

International careerEdit

Eguavoen was a member of the Nigeria squad that qualified for the country's first ever World Cup in 1994, and won the African Nations Cup in the same year.

Coaching careerEdit

Sliema WanderersEdit

Eguavoen began his coaching career in Malta with Sliema Wanderers, he was given the job for the 2000–01 season, and guided the club to a 2nd-place finish.


Eguavoen was appointed the caretaker coach of Nigeria in June, 2005 with his coaching staff including Samson Siasia, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu.

Black LeopardsEdit

Eguavoen then moved to South Africa, to take over Premier Soccer League side Black Leopards in March, 2008.

Enyimba InternationalEdit

In the 2008–09 season, Eguavoen was head coach at Enyimba International in Aba, however he left soon after, leading them to a 3rd-place finish in league and winning the Federation Cup.

Return to NigeriaEdit

In June 2010, the Nigeria Football Federation asked Eguavoen to replace Swedish Lars Lagerbäck until he decide his future plans. He was brought in as caretaker manager but said that he has no intention of submitting an application to take the role on a permanent basis. Eguavoen was also appointed as the head coach of the Nigeria national under-23 football team in August 2010. He expected his team would have a qualification for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but they were knocked out in the group stage. On 5 December 2011, he resigned from his job following the failure to secure the Olympics ticket.

On 27 October 2012 he was named manager of Sharks F.C. to allow John Obuh to concentrate on the Nigeria Under-20 team. He resigned however after seven games when the team started at the bottom of the table. He signed in April 2013 to coach Nigeria National League side COD United.

In November 2013 he was hired by the Edo State government to coach Bendel Insurance with the intent of getting them back to the Premier League.[2] He resigned in July 2014 to take over Gombe United F.C. [3] In April 2017, he joined Sunshine Stars F.C.[4] but was let go in June after a home loss to league leaders Plateau United.[5]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Augustine Owen Eguavoen - International Appearances
  2. ^ Eguavoen named Insurance Administrator (The Punch) Archived 30 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Eguavoen Nears Gombe Deal Archived 14 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Reporter, Staff. "Ex-Super Eagles coaches, Unveiled at Sunshine Stars | AOIFOOTBALL.COM". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ Eguavoen parts ways Sunshine Stars