Vanguard (Lagos)

29 December 2012

Nigeria: Eagles' Defence Worries Akpoborie

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

Former Nigerian striker, Jonathan Akpoborie is hoping that the Super Eagles' defence will be ready before the 2013 Afcon kicks off on January 19. Akpoborie expressed concern with the back line of Nigeria as they continue to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. The 44-year-old is also keen to see a balanced Super Eagles' squad paraded during the AFCON.

"I know the manager (of the Super Eagles) will work on his defence. It has been one area where the team have shown frailty in recent games. If they want to make any headway at the Nations Cup then that should be sorted out quickly.

"But seriously the defence will not be the only part of the team that should be focused on. Right now the defence is the main concern. The coach also need to balance the team ahead of the Nations Cup," advised the former VfL Wolfsburg forward.

Akpoborie, however, said Keshi as the Nigerian manager has picked the provisional squad that will fit into his plans.

"I'm not part of his coaching crew but I believe he has picked players that will suit into his plans," said the ex-VfB Stuttgart man.

Akpoborie made more than a dozen appearances for Nigeria between 1995 and 2001.

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