Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 December 2012

Nigeria: Setting AFCON Target for Eagles is Wrong - Gara Gombe

Renowned sports critic Alhaji Shaibu Gara Gombe yesterday said it is wrong for anybody to set target for the Super Eagles at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, saying the team is going through a rebuilding process and should be allowed time to blend.

The former Gombe FA Chairman, who stated this in a chat with reporters in Abuja, said Nigerians should give the Stephen Keshi-led technical crew and the team time to continue with the rebuilding process, the same way Clemence Westerholf was allowed free hands to raise a team that won the best entertaining team award at the US 94 World Cup.

Gombe, who praised Keshi for doing a good job so far, noted that after the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup, the Eagles can be given a target for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and 2015 Nations Cup.

"I am happy the rebuilding process is going on successfully, and I am happy for Keshi and our football. I want to call on all stakeholders to give Keshi and the team the chance to to continue with the good work, just like Westerholf was given time to build a strong team that won the best entertaining team award at the US 94 World Cup.

"The only time I will expect Nigerians to set target for the team is when we begin preparations for the Brazil 2014 World Cup. I as a person will not stampede the Super Eagles into promising the Nations Cup trophy.

"We should not expect Nations Cup victory from the team, but should expect the team a resounding and successful outing at the Nations Cup. I also want to use this opportunity to advise Keshi not to make any promise", Gombe stated.

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