Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 November 2012

Nigeria: Eagles' Nations Cup Group Not Cheap - Fuludu

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Nigeria's Super Eagles training.

Former Super Eagles attacking midfielder Edema Fuludu has advised Coach Stephen Keshi against underrating their opponents in group C of the 2013 Africa Cup Nations, saying the coach should instead step up preparation ahead of the continental soccer showpiece.

Speaking to Trustsports at the weekend, Fuludu, who also featured for the defunct BCC Lions of Gboko and New Nigerian Bank of Benin, warned that underrating the teams in group C will be counterproductive to the Eagles.

He therefore urged Keshi and other technical crew members intensify training and raise a formidable team, as according to him Nigeria still has quality individual players that can be put together into a winning team.

"To me, I have spoken to a number of people in the past, and I said that the group we have found ourselves at the 2013 Nations Cup is not a cheap group, in the sense that we all know that there is no minor in African football again; this is what we keep saying every day.

"The Ethiopia we are looking at as underdog might spring a surprise; we cannot take Zambia for granted because they are the defending champions, even though they qualified in a hard way and that alone is to tell you that football is not like 2+2 is 4.

"So, Keshi and his team need a lot of work because we have great players and potentials to deliver but we must have the necessary training to put the people together to deliver.

"He should not give the excuse of we are rebuilding every day. The last match we played in the qualifiers, the team picked and we saw a lot of goals and I hope they will replicate that one; but we are not in a cheap group," said Edema.

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