11 January 2013

Nigeria: Eagles Friendly - Bad Advert for African Football - Onigbinde

Former Super Eagles'Head Coach Adegboye Onigbinde has said that the Super Eagles' performance against Cape Verde, tells a bad story about African football.

Onigbinde told NAN in a telephone interview on Thursday in Abuja that there was a need for the technical crew to improve on the team.

The former Super Eagles' handler was reacting to the team's 0-0 draw against Nations Cup debutant, Cape Verde, in an international friendly match on Wednesday.

NAN recalls that in their first friendly match on Jan. 3 in Spain, the Eagles held the stars studded Catalonian side to a 1-1 draw.

The two matches were part of the team's build up for the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled to hold in South Africa from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10. Nigeria is one of the 16 teams participating in the tournament.

"I did not see any exciting moment throughout the ninety minutes of the game and that tells a bad story about African football. But I hope the technical crew will work on the team and make them improve," he said.

Onigbinde, who is a renowned CAF and FIFA instructor, added that the team's performance against Catalonia was a fluke and should not be used to assess it.

"The match we played against Catalonia was a fluke. Fluke in the sense that all those stars paraded in the opponent's side had another match for their club the following day. "So, they did not come out and play with full zeal.".

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