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Eagles won’t go beyond q/final –Iorfa

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.

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  1. tayo November 21, 2012 at 4:23 am

    There are better organised, better focused and more Hungrier teams coming for CAF MTN Cup of nations2013 ,
    Beware of Cape Verde , Zambia wont go down easily, Cote D Voire wants to revenge and South Africa wont will want to keep that record of HOST WINNER NIGERIA>>>>> Govt, NFA,and Supporters Club beware talk to who is who and go with Discplined and Focused players

  2. ojo job November 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    go 4 gold niaja

  3. MR, GREEN November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Lorfa is after Keshi`s Job but people like him will have to wait for the next 4o yrs to be Super Eagles Coach

  4. baba otu November 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Look who is talking, this mumu that confessed he has no coaching training, yet he’s handling a Nigerian club side. You all can see the reason our football has been enjoying free fall.

  5. victor pav November 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    mr green,did iorfa drop his application with you? did you read the cautioning statements at all? funny enough iorfa is already enjoying his job with lobi stars.pls.thats was only a way to make the eagles tighten up there preparations.

  6. Aondoaver November 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I‘m not good at predicting foothball games but the little i know is that nigeria foothball association has no sanity in it,corruption has weaking it thats is why failure is our record.if i‘m to ask why is the best nigeria scorer in the just concluded premier league not included? that show how our national coachs are no been serious.

  7. yom November 22, 2012 at 1:11 am

    lorfa truth says is better i watched Eagles vs Venezuela inspite of the result perfomance was abysmal
    if indeed keshi wants the nation’s cup in Nigeria, improvement needs urgent hid to otherwise they won’t go beyond the group stage

    the back four were completly lost no understanding cordination ball distribution and passes very poor more so the team work rhythem can’t be found to me Venezuela was better team except the result no cohension at the mid field. see other teams play with flowing football but that was wey below our dear Eagles

  8. Ayom chris November 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Mr Otu , what Iorfa has said about super Eagles and nations cup is his own opinion and has advanced reason to substantiate . Instead of making your own contribution, you went insulting. This is not an issue of making longer-throat contribution after all Keshi will not give you one doller for that

  9. achike November 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    put your bet. i believe in eagles, they will surely conquer

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