17 November 2012

Nigeria: Afcon 2013 - Keshi Should Concentrate on Eagles Defence - Shofoluwe

Photo: 2010 FIFA OC
File Photo: A Super Eagles fan.

Former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Shofoluwe has stated that a solid defence line is key to Super Eagles enjoying a successful outing at the 2013 Afcon.

Shofoluwe reacted on the 3-1 win by Super Eagles over Venezuela's La Vinotinto in Miami, Florida on Thursday, according to supersport.com.

He expressed happiness with the team's win but acknowledged that the backline should give head coach, Stephen Keshi and his assistants "cause for concern."

"It's a good result for the team I must say. But I'm sure the coaches including Stephen Keshi will be looking at what the team failed to do right. For instance, the defence should give the coaches real cause for concern as they prepare for the Nations Cup next year.

"Attack-wise I think the team is very rich and even the coaches have options. The concentration should be on the defence now because we have just about two months or so to the Nations Cup. And if you want to win a major competition like the Nations Cup you must be solid from the back up to the front. And I believe the coaches will really work on that area," said Shofoluwe, known as the Dean of Defence during his playing days.

Shofoluwe also pointed out that Keshi remains on the right path of building a team for the Africa Cup of Nations by handing debuts to Shola Ameobi, Bright Dike and Solomon Kwambe.

"There's nothing in giving new players the chance to play in friendly matches. They are called friendly matches and they are meant to help the coaches correct errors in the team and bring in players that can fit their plans. So there's nothing wrong in trying out new players," remarked the former Nigerian defender.

Copyright © 2012 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.