By Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
In spite of the good showing put up by the Super Eagles in last Thursday’s international friendly against Venezuela, ex-international, Dominic Iorfa, says he does not see the Stephen Keshi-tutored side going beyond the quarter final of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Iorfa, who spoke exclusively with Daily Sunsports in Abuja yesterday said it would take a miracle of some sort for the Eagles to win the trophy as some Nigerian soccer fans are already wishing.
“If we have to be honest with ourselves, it will take some kind of divine intervention for us to win in South Africa,” Iorfa declared. The Benue-born QPR’s former player said Eagles would start well in group C where Nigeria will battle lowly rated Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and defending champion, Zambia. He stressed that the litmus test will be at the quarter final stage where the Eagles will be condemned to facing the real title contenders.
In his words:“I foresee the Eagles having problem at the quarter final stage and certainly not from the group stage. There is a difference between participation and winning the trophy. If we must tell ourselves the truth, Nigeria is not one of the favourites to win the African Cup of Nations next year.” Iorfa, who is the vice chairman of NPL premiership side, Lobi Stars, charged Keshi to go for the nation’s best legs. “My advice to Keshi is to look out for quality not quantity.
He should look out for hungry players not big names. We have many players in and outside the country, but he must go for the best legs. As a patriotic Nigerian, I want the Super Eagles to do well. I was happy with the great result they got against Venezuela in Miami.” “I’m happy with the coach for looking out for players plying their trade at home. Keshi’s decision will definitely rub off positively on the NPL league. Many of our players who are in a hurry to play outside will remain at home as they can still play for the Eagles even as home based players.”
It is recalled that the Eagles last week defeated Venezuela 3-1 in a friendly where the duo of England -based Shola Ameobi and USA- based Bright Dike made their debut for the country. The Eagles are billed to return to camp mid next month for the final phase of camping ahead of the Nations Cup. Keshi will be perfecting strategies for the competition in Faro, Portugal.