This Day (Lagos)

9 November 2012

Nigeria: Amokachi - Eagles Not Desperate for Venezuela Win

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Nigeria 's Super Eagles targets 2013 Afcon final

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Dan 'The Bull' Amokachi, has declared that the team will not be desperate for victory in the international friendly against Venezuela next Wednesday, November 14, but will also not want to be defeated.

Speaking when officials of the US Embassy led by former Mighty Jets of Jos star, Sanni Mohammed, grilled him on the new focus of the team, Amokachi, said there is a new focus in the team and that is to return the team to its glory days when Nigerians will sleep easy when the national team has any important game.

"We want to win but we are not desperate. We don't also want to lose the game because we want to keep a good frame of mind ahead of the Nations Cup in 2013 and that is why we are starting with home-based players, discovering new stars and then joining them up with our foreign-based stars to give Nigerian football lovers what they want at the Nations Cup.

"We hope we can do well at the Nations Cup and probably play in the final and make Nigerians happy again, that is the target of the Head Coach and the entire team," he declared.

Excited officials and staff of the Embassy thereafter had a field day taking pictures and autographs with players and officials of the team and as expected questions about the 1994 Super Eagles kept reverberating.

"When will the Super Eagles return to the top five in world rankings, why is Keshi not here (he's an American citizen), can this present team win the CAN 2013 Championships?" Where some of the questions asked.

So many questions, begging to be answered in the coming months of a hectic season for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile on Saturday morning the national team will tackle Water FC of Abuja at the Training Pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, as part of their preparation for the friendly against Venezuela. The match will come up at 7am.

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