Thursday, December 17, 2009

Emmanuel Amuneke fears for Eagles in Angola

Former Eagles winger and 1994 Nations Cup winner, Emmanuel Amuneke has expressed reservation about the Super Eagles' ability to be in the final four and probably win the trophy at the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola.

Amuneke whose brace earned Nigeria a second Nations Cup win in Tunisia based his argument on the Super Eagles work ethics during the group B African qualifiers for the 2010 Nations Cup and World Cup.

"No body is going to do Nigeria any favour in Angola 2010. We have to work hard and earn our victory, we all saw what happened during the qualifiers.

"Every team that has qualified for the Nations Cup has equal chance to win. But it all depends on hard work and the Eagles must have to raise their game if they hope to make any impact," Amuneke said yesterday.

The former Manchester United scout and now Ocean Boys of Bayelsa coach said Nigeria has abundant players, but it depended on what the coaches want to achieve.

He said it was up to them to raise a good team and come up with the right match plans.

Amuneke who played in local league and earned starting place in the Eagles under Clemens Westerhof observed that there are quality players in the Globacom League, but they must have to be responsible if they want to earn a place in the national team.

"I have been around and seen some quality players. However, football is a growing game, players who want to excel must have to grow with it. Our local players have to raise their game and they must be responsible too," Amuneke said.


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