Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 January 2013

Nigeria: Eagles Must Raise Their Game - Adepoju

Super Eagles have been told to improve on their performance if they want to make a good impact at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Former international, Mutiu Adepoju, said though he was satisfied with the performance of Stephen Keshi and his Eagles against Catalonia selected side in an international friendly game, the performance of the Eagles still falls short of a team going to a Nations Cup.

According to Adepoju, the Eagles should be warned against complacency when the Nations Cup gets underway, as the turn of event will surely be different from what they encountered against the Catalonian team.

The former General Manager 3SC of Ibadan, who had 54 international full caps, with five goals for Nigeria said: "The Africa Cup of Nations will be tougher than the friendly against Catalonia, hence the need for the Eagles to improve on their game and guard against complacency. There is no doubt that they had a good game in the international friendly, but there is still room for improvement between now and the Nations Cup."

Meanwhile, Henry Nwosu, former assistant coach to Samson Siasia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has said that the fight for shirts in the Keshi's 23-man list for the Nations Cup has been made competitive with the friendly against Catalonia.

Nwosu said that with the spirit in camp where the players from the Nigeria Premier League, NPL are showing more commitment to the national duties, Keshi should select his Nations Cup team based on form and seriousness.

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