By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde believes Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations could be dead in the water after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Sudan in Khartourm.
The team presently handled on temporary basis by Stephen Keshi conceded a 40th minute goal and never seemed to have the cutting edge to score throughout the duration of the game.
The defeat is Nigeria’s second in three games, with three more games to go in the qualifiers.
Onigbinde while speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com, is cautiously optimistic of the disappointing African champions reaching Morocco 2015 to defend their 2013 AFCON title.
“We (Nigeria) still have three matches to go. The team have just one point out of a possible nine. Zero point is something in football anyway.
“But seriously, the chances of the Eagles qualifying for the Nations Cup is becoming slimmer by the day,” Onigbinde states.
“I was thinking that if we win the two home matches remaining and one away and indeed other results helping us, we could be back in it but with the result on Saturday and South Africa’s win over Congo away, that is going to be very difficult because they now have seven points.”
Onigbinde however calls for some backing for the Eagles ahead of Wednesday’s reverse fixture against the Falcons of Jediane.
“I’ve been virtually removed from Nigerian football, so I’m not close to Stephen Keshi’s team. I don’t know the phyche of the team after these dismal results, but they may win at home come Wednesday which may be a turning point for the team in their remaining qualifying games.
“I understand the fans’ frustrations at this time, but let’s give the team one more chance. They have to start winning now,” Onigbinde who was in charge of the Green Eagles at the 1984 African Nations Cup in Cote d’ Ivoire concludes.
The Eagles are now condemned to win ALL their remaining three games (home and away) while one of South Africa or Congo drop more points before the end of the qualifying games in November to make it to Morocco 2015 in January.