Former Eagles handler; Adegboye Onigbinde said the technical crew of the Super Eagles will need to work very hard to improve the gameplay of the team at the Afcon 2013 in South Africa if the Eagles want to bring home the trophy.
The now FIFA instructor said that the performance of the Super eagles in their friendly game against Cape Verde was nothing to commend as I was very dismal and it does not tell good concerning African Football.
“I did not see any exciting moment throughout the 90 minutes of the game and that tells a bad story about African football.
“But I hope the technical crew will work on the team and make them improve,” he said.
Reacting to the final list of the players for the Afcon 2013 released by coach Keshi after the friendly with Cape Verde which ended in dismal draw in Faro, Portugal on Wednesday night, Coach Onigbinde said the Super Eagles will definitely have a reason why he made such selection as he also has a right to who plays in the Eagles.
“He is in charge of the team and he has the exclusive rights to make the selection of players he feels will be needed.
“Also, he is the only one that knows the system he wants the players to play and I am sure he made his selection based on that.
“So, the only thing left is for the technical team is to ensure that the players deliver and not fall short of expectations,”
Onigbinde said the Super Eagles were lucky to have run away with a draw in their earlier friendly against the stars-studded Catalonian side before they took on the Blue Sharks who are debutants at the Afcon in South Africa because the Catalonia side had games the next day so they saved the best for the more important club games.
“The match we played against Catalonia was a fluke. Fluke in the sense that all those stars paraded in the opponent’s side had another match for their club the following day.
“So, they did not come out and play with full zeal which we saw on the pitch; we shouldn’t use the match as an assessment of our team in anyway,” he said.
But in at that Coach Onigbinde is still holding on to the hope that the team would lift the trophy.
“My expectation of the team as a patriotic Nigerian is that I am waiting for them to come back with the trophy.
“But I know it does not come with magic nor by talk, but by hard work, and that depends on what the coaches do with the team,” Onigbinde said.