Kanu Gives Eagles Cup
Posted: Feb 09, 2013
Ex-Nigeria skipper Nwankwo Kanu has said the Super Eagles will be crowned African champions for a third time on Sunday.
Nigeria face Burkina Faso in Sunday’s championship game at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.
“(Stephen) Keshi has done very well with this team and all his efforts will be crowned with the ultimate glory on Sunday,” said Kanu, who led Nigeria to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“What he has done with the players from the local league has been most commendable and now he is on the threshold of making history for himself and for the country.”
South Africa-based goalkeeper Greg Etafia, for one, has been most impressed by the positive outlook of Kanu abou the team even when they struggled in their first two group games.
“Kanu has been positive about this team even when the going was very tough for the team here and now his confidence in the team has been justified,” said Etafia.
The Moroka Swallows shot stopper picked Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike and Brown Ideye as potential match winners on Sunday.
“Moses, Emenike and Ideye can win this game for Nigeria on Sunday,” he predicted.
“It will be a little tough though, but Nigeria will prevail.”
Former South Africa international Quinton Fortune has also tipped Nigeria to lift the AFCON trophy at the
expense of Burkina Faso.
The former Manchester United player said on a TV programme in Lagos that if the Eagles maintain the standard they displayed in their last two games, no team in Africa could stop them.
“I don’t see Burkina Faso beating Nigeria to the trophy, if Nigeria were to play like they did against Cote d’Ivoire and Mali. I see no team beating them with that kind of performance. Nigeria are a good side,” Fortune said.
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