By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles forward, Tijani Babangida, believes the home-based Eagles draw against Tunisia, and not the 1-0 defeat to Guinea, in the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda was the most disappointing game for Nigeria.
Speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com, the former Ajax winger also agrees that the quality of the Tunisian league is the reason they will always be regarded as a threat in the Championship and insists the Eagles would have reached the semi-finals stage if they had achieved victory on January 22 against the North Africans.
"The most disappointing game for us was not the defeat against Guinea but the draw against Tunisia because if we had won that game and lost to the Guineans, we could have qualified for the quarter-finals and possibly the semis," Babangida told Completesportsnigeria.com .
"I agree with you that they will always be a threat because of the standard of their league which is one of the best in Africa, yes, but we missed that chance and I hope we get luckier next time.
On the quality of wingers paraded by the Eagles in Rwanda, Babangida, who was in the Eagles team that won silver in the 2000 African Cup of Nations in Nigeria tipped the trio of Osas Okoro, Prince Aggreh and Ezekiel Bassey to get their chances in the 'main' Super Eagles team along with the foreign-based stars.
"Despite the fact that we were unable to get far in the CHAN, you will agree with me that we were able to see some good talents that the coach, Sunday Oliseh, can invite to the team for the upcoming games that will now also comprise of foreign-based players.
"Osas Okoro as you saw was clearly one of our best players and I'm sure of the competition. Prince Aggreh and Ezekiel Bassey are equally good players and have played a couple of matches before.
"I'm proud of these boys and I'm confident they will be part of our matches going forward," Babangida, the Special Adviser to Sunday Oliseh told Completesportsnigeria.com.