Chairman, Media Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Emeka Inyama has said that the home Eagles billed to begin their campaign in the CHAN 2014 holding in South Africa are good enough to conquer Africa in their first outing in the championship.
Despite the fact that the team under the guidance of coach Stephen Keshi had a short period of preparation, he noted that the players had shown a strong commitment to ensure that the battle is won. While commending the team for defeating Ethiopia 2-1 in the team’s only international friendly before heading to South Africa, Inyama stated that he was confident that the Nigerian side will go all the way to the final and return home with the trophy.
“The NFF is happy with the way coach Stephen Keshi has assembled the team and we expect that the team will do well. Keshi, like everyone knows has conquered Africa on higher assignment like the AFCON and even went ahead to qualify Nigeria for the World Cup. The CHAN 2014 will not be a problem to him, though the NFF was not putting him under any pressure for it. “We expect that his pedigree will go a long way in seeing Nigeria winning the trophy on her first attempt.”
He noted that it was unfortunate that the Nigerian league is not on as this would have put the players in a greater form than they are at the moment. “It’s a huge task for Keshi and his technical crew to put the team together, especially when the league is not on, else the form of the players would have be far better than it is at the moment. However, the team deserves commendation for keeping a high profile so far. That the Eagles defeated Ethiopia, whose players play together shows that the Nigerian side is one to look up to.”
In the year in which the World Cup is holding in Brazil, Inyama hoped that the Eagles will be at their best to begin the year on a good note for Nigeria sports.
Nigeria had on Saturday defeated Ethiopia 2-1 in an international friendly played at the Abuja National Stadium. The game was the first real test for the Nigerian national team, who are set to make a maiden appearance at the African Nations Championship.
Nigeria is grouped alongside Mali, host South Africa and Mozambique.