Augustine Eguavoen, the three-time African champions’ head coach, has resigned following the team’s inability to qualify for the World Cup event in Qatar.

Nigeria will be missing from the Mundial for the first time since 2006. And it’s the second time they’ve reached the knockout stage since 1994.

The 56-year-old gaffer will now return to his post as Technical Director of the National team, according to Brila.

After former coach Gernot Rohr was removed from his duties, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) chose Augustine Eguavoen to assume charge of the Super Eagles on an interim basis.

“Just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations, our old coach was removed from his duties.

“As a technical director, that is what is available anyplace on the planet.” If a vacancy occurs, the technical director fills the position before the coach is named.

“That’s why you see me in this job as an interim man,” Eguavoen told the BBC upon his hiring.

As the interim coach, Eguavoen was in charge of six games. There were three victories, two ties, and one defeat. The draws are against Ghana and it costs Nigeria a place in the World Cup.