Former Super Eagles coach, Clement Westerhof, had warned current coach, Augustine Eguavoen, against exposing the team to government officials and other distractions during their time in the AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.
He said, “He must be the policeman of the team. He should police them well, no beer, no women, no distractions. Then he must protect them from government officials. Now Nigeria may want to send delegations. Some may even come when they are training and they will stop training because the minister wants to talk with them.
“No way; that must not happen. Government officials can pass their message through the federation, they must leave the players now to concentrate. They must not be in the same hotel with the players. The most difficult job now is how to hold them together as a family and protect them from many officials who may cause unnecessary distractions”
However, President Muhammadu Buhari was able to address the Super Eagles shortly before their game against Tunisia which they lost 1-0, thereby crashing out of the tournament.