AFCON 2013: Nigerians ‘ll see new Eagles in South Africa–Okpala



Nigerians have been assured that the Super Eagles will put up a brilliant showing at the Africa Cup of Nations billed to kick off in South Africa next month. Assistant coach of the team, Sylvanus Okpala, gave the assurance while responding to questions as to how far the Nigerian team could go at the continental soccer fiesta.

The former Green Eagles’ workaholic midfielder, fondly called Quick Silver, however, refused to be specific on what to expect from the national team at the championship. “I can only say that we are going to do our best at the Nations Cup in South Africa next year. And Nigerians would be satisfied with our performance,” he told Saturday Sunsports during a chat. Okpala admitted that Eagles’ technical crew still had a lot to do to knock the team into proper shape for the Nations Cup challenge.

“We still have a lot to do before the Nations Cup kicks off. We need to work on the team in all the departments, from goalkeeping to the midfield, up to the attack. There are mistakes we noticed (in the match against Liberia in Calabar) that we need to correct before the championship,” he admitted. Nigeria is drawn against defending champion, Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in Group C of the 2013 Nations Cup. Many have predicted that Nigeria would secure an easy qualification to the quarterfinals, but Okpala reasoned that there were no more minnows in the round leather game.

“There are no more small teams in the game of football. Could you have imagined that Venezuela would play in the final of South American Nations Cup? Some years back, whenever Brazil played nations like Paraguay and Venezuela, it would always end 6-0 or 7-0 in favour of Brazil, but today, things are different. There’re no more small teams as far as football is concerned. “In the 80s, Peru used to be the powerhouse of South American football, but where are they today?

So, let’s not joke about it. The phrase, ‘rebuilding process’, has become a reverberating one with successive coaches that have handled the national team since the exit of Dutchman, Clemence Westerhof, after he led Nigeria to an impressive second round in its debut at the World Cup in 1994 in the United States. Asked whether the ideal Eagles’ squad would emerge under the current technical crew, Quick Silver responded thus: “We have just reached the first phase of where we are going. There are still the second, third and fourth phases.

“Sometimes, we assemble these players for just two or three days training. Hopefully, we should be able to train for about 10 days before the kick off of the Nations Cup. And I can assure you that there would be a lot of difference. “It’s not as if 10 days would be enough for us, but the same situation will apply to most of the other nations that will participate at the competition because their players also play in Europe and other parts of the world. “In the past 10 years, we have never had a structure whereby coaches would go back to the grassroots to discover raw talents and develop them.

The only coach that tried it was Christian Chukwu and of course, we all saw what happened. There was a lot of confusion and we did not qualify for the World Cup. “What I’m trying to say is that football and indeed sports in general have developed beyond our imagination. I can only say that we are going to do our best at the Nations Cup in South Africa and Nigerians would be satisfied with our performance.” Before the current technical crew assumed duty, Okpala had observed that the Super Eagles lacked a playmaker that could drive the team at crucial moments.

Asked whether the team, as presently constituted, has a playmaker, he said: “We shall continue to search for players. I think that Mikel Obi was very fantastic in the match against Liberia in Calabar. “We don’t need to have only one playmaker. We have to have playmakers. We have seen Nosa Igiebor, Obiora Nwankwo and our home-based Gabriel Reuben, who we missed a lot in the match against Liberia due to injury.

All over the world, coaches continue to search for players and Nigeria is not an exception. We shall continue to search for players until we get our dream team,” he concluded.

24 yrs boy started importation with N10,450. Read his story here!

Men, forget Viagra. Use these to increase your manhood size & strength

How to start a profitable importation biz with as low as N10,000 only

How watermelon made a Benin boy over N1,000,000 in 73days

Superb premature ejaculation spray. You 'll last 30minutes+

How to earn 40k-200k monthly from football matches almost on autopilot

3 Things I did to cure premature ejaculation after my wife left me

Small manhood and premature ejaculation limited my performance for 4yrs!

7 Simple yet amazing steps to earn over N200,000/monthly. Click here

How to get flat belly in just 9 days. Click here!

Earn N50,000 extra every weekend predicting football matches... Click here!

Click here now if you are interested in earning at least N7,500/daily

How a young Nigerian generate over N1,000,000/month via digital marketing

Generate as much as 150k-250k profit from your football betting investment

Incredible special offer! Amazing business that earns you N200,000/month

Exposed! How 23yrs Ijebu boy makes N270,000 with Facebook. Read story!

Work from home and get paid at least $1000 weekly!

Secret Online Business that pays you N25,000 weekly income exposed!

How we make N300,000 every 6weeks selling 10k catfish fingerlings at N30 each

Free e-book reveals how to get visa easily. Click here!


About Author


  1. adeyemi sandra on

    Earn Instant $4.83 In your Liberty reserve Thru Currency Exchange
    Exchange earnings

    Break into your Financial Freedom do not pay any one to teach about online business
    i have paid heavily to so many brokers and Forex marketers but got nothing and i am
    unveiling this here for free do not pay any one to get this, start making you own earnings
    online its free, All you need do, is just to get your calculator and follow me carefully
    as i outline the (steps) below.


Leave A Reply