19 February 2013

Nigeria: Why Eagles Shouldn't Over-Celebrate Afcon Victory - Bosso

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Stephen Keshi

Former Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso has charged the Super Eagles not to over celebrate their recent victory in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations because too much celebration will make them suffer the fate that befell Zambia in South Africa.

Since the Eagles returned from South Africa where they won their third AFCON title, it has been celebration galore but the football tactician said they must cut it short to begin preparations for the challenges ahead.

Bosso said the Eagles should look at the victory in South Africa as stepping stone to greater successes as he maintained that the victory should not induce complacency.

The former Kano Pillars coach said the team handlers should sit back and critically look at the problems encountered in the tournament, how they were surmounted and then plan for future tournaments.

Bosso said the Chipolopolo of Zambia got carried away by their victory in Gabon and could not sit down to plan towards South Africa and that was why they crashed out so early in the tournament.

His words: "I want to most happily congratulate the Super Eagles on their victory in South Africa. They deserved to win the tournament.

"However, I want to advise the Eagles not to over celebrate this victory. They should see it as a stepping stone to greater things. The Eagles must avoid the mistake that Zambia made. The Chipolopolo over celebrated their victory in Gabon and failed to prepare for South Africa. We are all living witnesses to what happened to them.

"I think the most appropriate thing to do is to cut short this celebration. The Eagles handlers should immediately commence preparations for the 2014 World Cup and the next Nations Cup in South Africa.

"The technical crew and the NFF must sit together and review South Africa 2013 and try to find solutions to some of the challenges encountered".

The Technical Adviser of Bayelsa United also noted that if not for the grace from God and the eventual change in attitude of the players, the Eagles wouldn't have won the Nations Cup because it was during the tournament that the team blended.

The coach said the team improved with each match saying that was a dangerous venture as anything could have happened.

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