This Day (Lagos)

Nigerians Root for Team to Win Afcon

The results of a recently conducted poll has revealed that majority of Nigerians are optimistic that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will win the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in South Africa. The poll which sampled 617 Nigerians across the six geo-political zones of the country also found that majority of the respondents polled rate the final team selection of coach Stephen Keshi as average. These were two key findings from recent poll results released by NOI Polls Limited, an Abuja-based opinion polling and research organisation.

Respondents to the poll were asked five questions to ascertain their opinion regarding the readiness of the Super Eagles, and their chances at the 2013 African Cup of Nations. The first question sought to establish awareness. Respondents were simply asked: Are you aware of the African Cup of Nations 2013 taking place in South Africa? Interestingly, almost 8 in 10 Nigerians (77%) were aware of the ongoing African Cup of Nations holding in South Africa, while 23% said they were not aware. This result goes to affirm the love that Nigerians have for football, especially when it comes to a tournament that will feature the Super Eagles.

Moving forward, respondents that were aware of the African Cup of Nations were then asked: How would you rate the preparation of the Super Eagles for the African Cup of Nations? A slight majority (42%) of respondents rated the preparation of the Super Eagles as "Good"; closely followed by 40% of respondents that thought their preparation was "Average". Also, 9% or respondents rated their preparation "Very good", while 7% and 2% rated that the preparation of the Super Eagles was "Poor" and "Very poor" respectively. In essence, more Nigerians (51%) thought they have prepared well for the tournament.

Furthermore, in view of the controversy that trailed the team selection by Coach Stephen Keshi, respondents were also asked: How would you rate the final selection of players for Nigeria by Coach Stephen Keshi? From the result, the majority of respondents (47%) were of the opinion that the final selection was "Average"; followed by 37% of respondents who thought the selection was "Good".

Also, only 11% thought that the selection was "Very good"; while 4% and 1% stated that the selection was "Poor" and "Very poor" respectively. Overall, while 40% of respondents seemed averagely satisfied with the Coach's selection, 48% appeared to be satisfied. Similarly, only a paltry 5% thought the selection was poor.

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