Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, is upbeat that the Super Eagles can win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which holds in Cameroun next year only if the coach, Gernot Rohr, pushes the team to compete with it’s full potential, Completesports reports.
Kanu however warned those who are expecting the Super Eagles to reach the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to desist from making such tall dream as that will put an unnecessary pressure on the players and their coaches, adding that achieving big goals takes a gradual process.
“Reaching the World Cup semifinals is a tall order for the Super Eagles for now. It will be putting a huge pressure on the team which on the long run may negatively affect their output. I think emphasis should be on winning the next AFCON in Cameroun. That is achievable with some more push from the coaches,” Kanu who won the African Footballer of The Year award in 1996 and 1999 stated.
“I believe that the current crop of Super Eagles can achieve more than what the class of 1994 and ,1996 did. With the chunk of players scattered in clubs Europe, this present Eagles can surpass with we did if they keep on working hard and all we owe them is support and encouragement. They will keep on flying high.”
Kanu continued: “These Eagles can achieve so much if they get the appropriate push from the coaching crew of the team. We have players who are doing very well in various leagues in Europe, and I believe if the coaches play the right players in their roles, they would win trophies for Nigeria”