–Former Eagles captain wants Nigerians to rally round coach
By James Agberebi:
Former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu has called on Nigerians to accept the 30-man provisional World Cup list released by coach Stephen Keshi instead of criticising it.
Speaking with Complete Sports at a media briefing organized by telecommunications giants Globacom at Mike Adenuga Towers, Victoria Island, the two-time African Footballer of the Year opined that what is imperative now is the prayers and support of every Nigerian.
“The coach has named the players who he feels are capable of doing the job so we should leave it at that,” Kanu said. “This is not the time to start fighting over who should be in the team and who should have been left out. I believe we have a coach who is experienced and knows what he is doing.
“All we owe the team now is our prayers and support and I believe if we give them the maximum support they will not disappoint us.”
Kanu who represented Nigeria at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups in France, Korea/Japan and South Africa respectively, expressed optimism that the Eagles have what it takes to qualify from their group which comprise Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina and go on to perform in Brazil.
“We have the team who can do well and I can tell you all the teams in our group are afraid of us, so it is now left for us to go there and do well.
“Whatever the Super Eagles are doing which made them the best in Africa, they should go to the World Cup and do the same. Most of the players in the team have the experience having played in the tournament before and are also playing for big clubs.
“I am confident they will do well and if they remember what the president did for them after winning the Cup of Nations I believe that is enough motivation for them to go to Brazil and perform.”