…Says Nigeria ‘ll play final against Ghana
By CHIMAOBI UCHENDU
Former Green Eagles player and an Africa Nations Cup silver medalist, Paul Okoku, has said Nigeria has all it takes to win the Nations Cup scheduled to kick off next month if Coach Stephen Keshi fortifies his defence before the kickoff date.
In a chat with Daily Sunsports recently, Okoku said he had followed recent matches played by Eagles under Keshi and reiterated his desire for something urgent to be done in the defence department.
He said Eagles had no business playing draw with Liberia and Rwanda enroute qualification for the football showpiece, but for poor defence which allowed both Rwanda and Liberia to come back to share points with the Eagles.
He said Keshi, being a defence marshall in his playing days, should have an answer to the problem as they camp in Faro.
He also said he was looking forward to a Nigeria/Ghana final match which will be in favour of Nigeria.
“The crop of players in the camp of Nigeria are good and hungry players waiting to show the stuff they are made of when the tournament kicks off.
“My only worry in the team is the defence because of the way it concedes goals. I was enraged to see them draw matches against Rwanda and Liberia away from home during the qualifiers and if it continues like that, there would be problem.
But I have confidence in Keshi as a former defence chief for both his club and the Eagles in his playing days to pass on the same knowledge to his players before the Nations Cup kicks off.
“ I forsee a Nigeria/Ghana final match, forget the star-studded Cote d’Ivoire. They will fall the same way they did at the last edition.
I’m comfortable that Nigeria is not among the favourites to win the tournament because it has taken the pressure away from both the players and the technical crew, but they must be careful not to get carried away when good results start coming their way in South Africa because this year is the year for Nigeria to reclaim it rightful place in African football he concluded.