–Fears NFF/Keshi rancour may derail team’s qualification dream
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former African Coach of the year, Kadiri Ikhana says he’s afraid the Super Eagles may miss out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon if the football authorities do not put their house in order.
Reacting to the draws that pitched Nigeria with African football power house Egypt, Tanzania and Chad, in the qualifying group, Ikhana said the Eagles should be favourite to qualify from the group but that he doubts if they would.
The Enyimba International FC of Aba technical adviser said that Egypt ordinarily should be the team that should bother the Eagles in the group but quickly warned that Tanzania and Chad should not be written off.
“I am confident that the Eagles can beat all three group opponents if the NFF egg heads join hand with the yet to be signed coach Stephen Keshi to plan on how to qualify.
“The Eagles must begin preparations now to ensure that we make it to Gabon.
“Egyptians and Tanzania will fancy their chances of going through from the group but they don’t have the players and quality to outwit Nigeria if we have peace in our football administration”, Ikhana said.
On the Super Falcons 8-0 win over Mali, Ikhana said it was a good scoreline for a team that played a draw with Mali three weeks earlier even as he urged the NFF to give the team more grade A friendly matches before they go to their world cup camp in Canada.
He said the Falcons could do well in Canada if the NFF prepare the team very well and motivate the girls to go and qualify for at least the last eight.