This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: SA 2013 - Eagles Will Deliver, Says Amokachi

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi, believes that the senior Nigerian football team has evolved from 'Work in Progress' to the one that can be relied upon to deliver the aspirations of football-loving compatriots.

Speaking at the unveiling of Guinness Nigeria Plc 2013 Africa Cup of Nations 'Fly with the Eagles' campaign weekend in Lagos, Amokachi said that Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has shown that he has the capacity to deliver.

"When he took charge of the team November last year, he promised that he will deliver. He started the rebuilding of the team almost from the scratch and today, we have a team that has qualified for the Nations Cup," observed the former Super Eagles power playing forward now a football analyst for cable television, Supersports.

Amokachi said irrespective of the team not playing the type of robust game expected of the Eagles, the current set of players in the senior national team are worthy of their current ratings.

"Qualifying for the Nations Cup was tough. But beating Venezuela despite not having a full complement of our top players means that we should not just underrate the present squad," he noted.

He was full of appreciation to Guinness for sticking with the Eagles in their troubled times of not qualifying for the last AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

"Even when we were called Super Chickens, Guinness was there for us. We are grateful also for this campaign you have kicked off to rally support for us ahead of the 2013 AFCON in South Africa."

First Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Mike Umeh, assured Nigerians present at the kick-off of the campaign that the Eagles would return from South Africa with the cup as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

"We are not just going to South Africa to make up the numbers but to win the cup and return home with it. The signs are already there now that we have a team that can match the rest of Africa," stressed the NFF chief.

Managing Director of Guinness, Mr Seni Adetu, said that he was proud of his company's association with the team and very happy that Guinness is at the centre of gathering support for the Super Eagles.

"Guinness is keeping faith with the Super Eagles as we have always done because we believe the team is not just made up of the 11 players on the pitch but also includes 170 million people cheering them on. As a company and a football-loving brand, we are convinced that we have what it takes to succeed at next year's outing," he said.

Some of the former players at the event include; Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Tijjani Babangida, Victor Ikpeba, Jonathan Akpoborie, Yisa Sofoluwe and Friday Ekpo.

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