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Saturday, February 4, 2023

This Afcon is not a respecter of big names

In 2006, Augustine Eguavoen as the Manager of the Super Eavles won the nine points in the first round qualifiers in group C.

That group had great teams like Senegal, Ghana and Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, we lost 1-0 to Cote d’Ivoire in the semi-final.

From this standpoint, Augustine Eguavoen seemingly has a good managerial record of winning all the first round nine points. The next target for him is to equal Keshi’s record of winning Afcon cup as a player and as a manager.

With the above,, I thought we should celebrate Nigeria and our own Eguavoen. Even though Eguavoen is a Technical Adviser on an acting appointment as the team Coach, we have seen indigenous vs foreign coaches in the ongoing tournament and can say with pride that the indigenous coaches have proved they can win the cup for their countries.

This Afcon is not a respecter of big names. Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria have swallowd some bitter pills from those said to be minnows in the game. Clearly, this tournament has been about hard work, resilience, good mental acuity, raw determination, positive mindset, effective strategies and tactics, etc.

I am sure that if we got past the next round of 16, then we become a very strong contender for the cup. Though history has not been kind to us each time we made a clean sweep of the first round matches, I believe it is not a jinx and therefore, players should not allow this play a trick on their psyche.

Our journey in this Afcon has just began. The players must give more than what they have given in the first to to excel and qualify for the final. Tunisia will be angry over what happened to them last night, will change tactics and we must be ready to technically counter what they would project.

As a country, we must do everything possible to support our players.

From us, we say! Go, Super Eagles, Go! You can fly to win it. Go, Super Eagles, Go for the price.

You can fly to win it.

Grace and peace!!!

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