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Kanu: Super Eagles Can Reach World Cup Semi-Finals

Kanu: Super Eagles Can Reach World Cup Semi-Finals

By Bamidele Boluwaji:

Former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu believes strongly that the Super Eagles can reach the semi-final stage of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medallist who spoke to Completesportnigeria.com at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Friday, said the country is blessed with young and talented players that can make the semi-final ticket realistic for Nigeria at the World Cup.

“One thing I have seen in this present Super Eagles is that there are talented and young players in the team who can do well in any tournament,” Kanu told CSN.

“We have 25 players in the team who are very good and doing well in their various clubs, all they just need to do is to have the readiness and determination to reach the semi-final stage of the World Cup and they can even go beyond that.

“I know that our group is tough but it is not impossible for the Super Eagles to qualify and go as far as the semi-finals in the tournament.”

Speaking on the recent international friendly the Super Eagles played against Poland and Serbia, Kanu said: “Friendly matches are part of the game and it helps any serious team to make necessary corrections and prepare well for the World Cup.”

Nigeria have three more friendly matches to play with Congo DR, Czech Republic and England before the World Cup.

The Super Eagles will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 6
  • Y not final

  • Chima E Samuels 8 months ago

    Dirty and crazy dream e b like kanu don high with ighalo which semi final are you talking about?

  • Luqmanov 8 months ago

    Nothing is impossible but we must be modest in our expectation. Let’s remember that Nigeria is the lowest ranked in groug D and the least expected to qualify from the group. Therefore, the world will hail our boys if they manage to qualify from that group.
    Making it to the semis means a series of upset and that would be as good as making it to the final. Surprises do happen in a tornament but until the WC begins before we can know the surprise team. It could be us and it could be Peru!
    Those clamouring for Desser, Onuochu, Adi, Umar & co., it is great if some of them are considered in the provisional list, but they are all inexperienced and never played at the top level of both club and international football. None of them can carry the heavy responsibility of a whole nation on his shoulder just yet. If a player like Adi, onuochu or Umar is called up aod then shouldered with the responsibility of no.9 in a must-win world cup match, just imagine what would happen (no super genius among them, remember). The pressure would be too enormous and he would end up as national villain. Uzoho is a case study here, in just a warm up match, he was almost completely sunk in the pressure of manning the post for over 150 million people.
    Experience matters a lot and that is the only thing we can bank on at the WC level not the skill and talent of the youthful players.
    Everyone talks about the influence of Mikel Obi on the team. His presence gives them confidence to express themselves and the team plays with swagger. This is a player who has played at the highest possible level of club football, played with/against the best the world can offer and has played and won several cup finals.
    Victor Moses is another indispensible element in the team. He plays for one of europe’s elite clubs, he had won cups for both club and country and he is a proven game winner.
    Nigeria will have to bank on the experience of the senior players in the team to qualify from the group. For that reason, the likes of Ahmed Musa (scored two goals against Argentina in a World cup match, played against the best in the UCL, won league title ), Ighalo (played against the best in both la liga and epl, one of Nigeria’s highest earners) and Iheanacho (no current Nigerian young player anywhere in the world has better exposure, club and international, than him) are indispensable eventhough they are not in the best of form but they are potential match winners in a difficult day.

  • Sunnyb 8 months ago

    Semi ke,they go win the World Cup. With Ighalo, Musa, Iheanacho and Iwobi leading the attack. Bunch of jokers

  • Bekee 8 months ago

    This must be another April fool joke from Papilo.

  • Victor Onyeanum 8 months ago

    Luqmanov, I like people who reason with their brains, not with their hearts. The latter are sentimental and the former are realistic. You are one of the former. Your comment on that article is the best anybody can ever make. No better comment or analysis can ever be made made on it. A word is enough for the wise.