A former Nigerian international, Aniete Okon has stated the reasons responsible for the dismal outing of the Super Eagles in the qualifying matches of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015 to be hosted by Morocco next year. The Eagles have not been impressive in their last two games losing 2-3 goals at home to Red Devils of Congo Brazzaville in Calabar and labored t a goalless draw against South Africa in Cape Town last Wednesday. Okon who was featuring in a programme “Football Friendzy” on 95.1FM Nigeria Info said the defence line of the Eagles comprising Kenneth Omeruo, Geoffrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile is weak and the defenders are not really fit.
Okon, the coach of Abuja All Stars team added that the Eagles have forgotten that they are African champions and their approach to the two games were nothing but woeful. “There are no more minnows in world football. The Congolese and the South Africans are no respecter of stars. They don’t care if you have a certain John Mikel Obi or Emmanuel Emenike in your team, what they were looking for was results and they got it. Every country wants to beat Nigeria. Claude Le Roy came with a game plan to pick a draw but he got a win and the South Africans too gave the Eagles a tough time,” he said. Okon who played alongside Stephen Keshi in the national team said it is high time the players gave their best in their subsequent outings and make discipline on and off the pitch their guiding principle.
Meanwhile Nigerians are rooting for the return of players like Ikechukwu Uche, John Ogu, Taye Taiwo and Brown Ideye to the national team so that the Eagles can qualify and defend their title in Morocco next year. The Eagles have only recorded a win in their last ten games.