Nigeria football gives Kanu nightmares

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By Jacob Ajom
Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu has disclosed that Nigeria’s inability to qualify for two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations championships and the failure of both the U-20 Eagles and the U-17 national team to qualify for various international tournaments were giving him nightmares.

Kanu Nwankwo
Kanu Nwankwo

“That is the reality one faces each time one sleeps and wakes up. It hurts and it calls for deep reflection,” the former Arsenal star said Wednesday night at Eko Hotel and Suites, where Star larger unveiled its partnership with five European clubs.

Kanu called for “all hands to be on deck,” in this trying times, adding that every one with enough knowledge on what could be done to turn things around for Nigerian football should not shy away from doing so. “Everybody cannot be a coach. Some of us who know how things should be done can contribute in our own little way to move our football forward.”

He observed that although this weekend’s AFCON qualifier between the Eagles and Tanzania was, technically speaking, inconsequential, “it is going to be a big test for the new coach and the players. The coach would come under scrutiny in the eyes of the public and so will the players who will be playing under the new coach for the first time. First impression counts a lot.”

He said the performance of the team in Uyo this weekend, will give Nigerians a glimpse of what the future holds. “Our football is down. We say we are the giant of Africa; we must strive to live like a giant,” the two time African footballer of the year said.

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