As the Super Eagles of Nigeria intensify preparation ahead
of the final leg of 2013 Nation’s Cup qualifier against Liberia at the weekend,
a patron of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State
chapter, Chief Christopher Okonkwo has expressed optimism in the ability of the
team to overcome the Liberians and qualify for the Nation’s Cup billed for
South Africa next year.
Chief Okonkwo, an ardent sport enthusiast barred his mind in
an interview with The Tidesports in Port Harcourt on Monday.
According to him, the impressive performance of the Nigerian
players in Europe and other clubsides is an indication that the Super Eagles
would surely dim the Star of Liberia if the players replicate their club
performances during the encounter.
He charged the
Stephen Keshi-led technical crew to select the best crop of players to
prosecute the match, adding that Nigeria cannot afford not to be at the
Nation’s Cup after failing to qualify for the last edition co-hosted by
Gabon and Equatorial Guinea chief
Okonkwo, said it would be double tragedy for Nigeria not to make it to South
Africa this year and charged the team to do all it could to ensure victory as
Nigerians are tired of excuses.
“Our players are in top shape and battle ready at the
moment, so I don’t think there is any
cause for alarm,” he said, and added that anything short of victory against Liberia will not be
acceptable from the players or the team to qualify.
The SWAN patron however called on all Nigerians to pray for
the team and also turn out en masse to cheer the Super Eagles to victory on