Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 December 2012

Nigeria: Eagles Need Amoebi for Afcon Success - Adepoju

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Super Eagles players loosening up before training (file photo).

Former Super Eagles striker, Mutiu Adepoju has thrown his weight behind Coach Stephen Keshi who is making concerted efforts to get Newcastle United to release Shola Amoebi to play for Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

While the coach of Newcastle Alan Pardew has not hidden his intention to keep Amoebi away from the Africa championship, Keshi is working round the club to get the services of the striker who had his debut for the country in the friendly against Venezuela.

Although the player is keen on playing in the Nations Cup, a clause in his contract with Newcastle is a stumbling block and is a mountain Nigeria must climb to secure his services.

Speaking to Shot! yesterday, the former Super Eagles player said coach Keshi knows what he wants for the team and if he believes Amoebi would add value to his team, he should go ahead and fight for his release.

Adepoju popularly called 'headmaster' in his playing days due to his aerial prowess said the Newcastle striker is a good player who can add value to the team.

He said since the player is willing to come and play for his fatherland, all hands must be on deck to be in South Africa in January.

"Without doubt, Amoebi is a good player who can help the team. Keshi knows how much the player can contribute to the Eagles. He should be given every support he needs to get Amoebi released".

Adepoju also said if given the necessary support, Eagles can do very well at the 2013 Africa Nations Cup.

He hinged his confidence on the caliber of players in the squad which Keshi has assembled for the championship.

The former GM of 3SC also said some of the NPL stars in the squad would give a good account of themselves, if given a chance.

"Yes, Eagles have chances just like any other country in the championship. They are going to compete for honours with others but I think they will do well. There are quality players in the team and I believe they will do well".

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