Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: Kanu Says Eagles Deserve Respect

Kanu - Eagles deserve more respect Former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu has stated that the team under Stephen Keshi deserve much more respect from Nigerians.

Nigerians have raised some fears over the team after some less than convincing displays in the build-up to the 2013 Nations Cup as they laboured to draw with both Cape Verde and a Catalonia selected side.

However, ex-Arsenal star Kanu said Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Zambia are afraid of the current Eagles and maintained if Nigerians believe in the team, they would gain in confidence and achieve great things.

"Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire and Zambia are no threat to Nigeria at the AFCON and so there is no reason for Nigerians and Eagles to be afraid of these teams," said Kanu, who has featured in a record six Nations Cups.

"I am telling you it is other way round, they are afraid of playing this present Eagles. Football is all about what you do on the pitch and not the names in your team.

"The Eagles deserve respect from us all because they have not lost any game in recent times, while these other teams are finding it difficult to win games.

"I am therefore urging us all to believe in Eagles as that will boost the players' confidence to go all out and do well in South Africa."

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