Friday, 11 January 2013

Nigeria Cannot Win The 2013 Nations Cup - Waidi Akanni

Reactions have continued to pour in over Nigeria’s 0-0 draw with Cape Verde,in preparations for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

Nigeria drew their second successive game in 2013,in a game they struggled to find their rhythm,but were constantly cautioned for indiscipline from the players.

An ex-international,Waidi Akanni,stated that the game against Cape Verde,exposed the Super Eagles frailties and showed that they are not yet a team.

“Technically speaking, I believe we have a squad but not a team yet,” Akanni told Vanguard Sports.

Akanni was of the opinion that the Super Eagles would miss the services of some the big players excluded from the final 23 man-list to the Nations Cup.

“The performance of the team against Cape Verde only justified the belief by some of us that Nigeria was not going to be represented by her best players,” he noted.

“Personally, I was not comfortable with the exclusion of players like Osaze, Martins, Obinna Nsofor among others when he announced the preliminary list.”

“He should have given them the chance to prove their worth. Even Niyi Adeleye whom everybody is saying would take over from Yobo was ignored” Akanni added.

When asked if he sees Nigeria winning the trophy in South Africa,Akanni was blunt and said that the Super Eagles will not win the tournament.

“I don’t see them winning the trophy. May be, in a future edition, definitely, not this,” he said.

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