Former NPFL star makes bold Super Eagles AFCON prediction

Former NPFL star makes bold Super Eagles AFCON prediction
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Randers FC of Denmark forward Stephen Odey believes the Super Eagles are good enough for the Africa Cup of Nations title ahead of the start of the tournament later this month in Cote d’Ivoire.

The former MFM forward, in a chat with the media in Lagos on Wednesday, backed the Super Eagles to clinch the title because of the kind of players at the disposal of the head coach Jose Peseiro.

Also, the forward went on to drum support for the Nigeria Premier Football League players following the snub by the coach, stating some good players can compete and help the team as Sunday Mba did in 2013.

It will be recalled that only Enyimba goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo was called up from the Nigerian topflight to the AFCON squad as Jose Peseiro hopes to lead the team to continental glory for the first time in 10 years. 

Stephen Odey backs NPFL players, tips Super Eagles for AFCON final 

“NPFL players have the quality also to play and it is all about giving them the opportunity. If you give them the opportunity they will do their best as well. Football is not all about you playing in Europe or Nigeria alone, it is about the quality individually. So it is not just about playing in Europe alone,” said the former MFM of Lagos striker in an interview with the press.

“We saw the likes of Sunday Mba at the Nations Cup and he was playing in the NPFL at the time. So I feel like if they give the other people opportunity also they will do the same.

Odey went on to state that the current Super Eagles are amazing players and believe they need to be strong mentally to achieve something in Cote d’Ivoire.

“We have amazing players. I feel like we are in the final already but like football sometimes if we are not strong or mentally ready for it, we just have to fight for it because other countries also have good players. But we have the best players in the world, the best strikers in the world too. 

“Other countries are scared of facing the Super Eagles, it is just for the players to do something. The fans can only scream but it is the players that can do something,” Odey concluded.

Super Eagles camp opens in Dubai

The Super Eagles camp in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has officially opened with 19 players in camp ahead of the first training session on Thursday.

The list of arrivals is led by team captain Ahmed Musa, defender Kenneth Omeruo, Nantes winger Moses Simon, and Enyimba FC goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo. Others include Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey, as well as West Brom’s Semi Ajayi, Southampton midfielder Joe Aribo, Brentford’s Frank Onyeka, and Nottingham Forest defender Ola Aina. 

Victor Osimhen, Chidozie Awaziem, Bruno Onyemaechi, Zaidu Sanusi, Ademola Lookman, Victor Boniface, Raphael Onyedika, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Samuel Chukwueze and South Africa-based goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali complete the list.

Still expected in camp are  Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, vice-captain of the side William Troost-Ekong, and Umar Sadiq. 

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago

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