April 7, 2009

It’s not yet over for Eagles – Kanu

Portsmouth striker, Nwankwo Kanu, is still hopeful that Nigeria will pick the 2010 World Cup ticket in spite of Super Eagles’ not-too-impressive outing against Mozambique in Maputo recently.

The Atlanta Olympic Games gold medallist believes things can still turn around in favour of Nigeria in the qualifying series.
He, however, urged football pundits not to write-off Eagles, who are in the same group with Tunisia, Kenya and Mozambique, saying “in football, anything can still happen.

“Nigeria is a football-crazy nation and we have millions of good footballers. We know that many people are looking up to us to do well. That is one of the main reasons we have to put in our best anytime we are wearing the green and white kit of the Super Eagles.

“Yes, we hope to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and beyond. Our Under-17 team recently won the cadets World Cup, our Under-23 team also won silver medal in Beijing last year; they have all proved that talent still abound in Nigeria.

“We still have a chance in spite of our goalless draw outing against Mozambique in Maputo. You can see that we have picked ourselves up from a dismal African Cup of Nations in Ghana and having gone thus far in the qualifiers, we foresee no problems. We have to make sure we do things right, the administration, the nutrition, the medical aspect, other little things that can affect team performance. We will get there. When we get to South Africa for the World Cup, we can then proceed to focus on winning the competition.”

Kanu appealed to Nigerians not to lose hope as they were comitted to picking the only ticket in their group, come rain or sunshine.
“We have to approach these things with self belief, and if we can win tournaments at age-group levels and get to the finals in major global championships, we can get the best at the World Cup. But we must not get carried away yet. There is a job to be done, that is qualifying for the World Cup and we need to do that first.”
On whether he will still be around as a player in 2010, he said:
“Only God knows the future, but I still want to be playing by 2010 and beyond. It will be a dream come true for me to play for Nigeria in an African World Cup, the first of its kind.”sunnewsonline.

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