Benson Chukwueke Benson Chukwueke Author
Title: FOOTBALL SKILL, PRECISION AND FIGHTING SPIRIT: Super Eagles Of Nigeria Look Good to be The Next African Champion
Author: Benson Chukwueke
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On a good day, Super Eagles' attack can score as many goals, no doubt about it. One thing that makes Keshi's boys so dang...



On a good day, Super Eagles' attack can score as many goals, no doubt about it. One thing that makes Keshi's boys so dangerous upfront is their precision. You can't hold down the attack on anyone player.

You can't say it is the creative skills of Victor Moses or the fighting power of Emmanuel Emenike or the speed racing Ahmed Musa... Everyone at the attack line has the capability to score goals. Indeed, they have all scored to get to the finals of the on- going Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2013).

Except for the most hyped striker, Ikechukwu Uche, who is a little bit out of tune. He hasn't been able to enact the form he had during the qualification stage of the tournament, where he scored in almost every game for Nigeria.

There are more players in Keshi's bench. Perhaps, he is saving the best for the last. If Emenike couldn't play in the finals, that is, if the injury he sustained at the semi final game is serious, Ikechukwu Uche may have another opportunity to showcase his striking prowess.

It's interesting how the team has evolved with every game. More established Super Eagles players like Joseph Yobo, Ikechukwu Uche, are giving way to the new and more enterprising pair of Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona at the central defense. And Lazio Man  marker, Ogenyi Onazi have been drafted to the midfield to replace Fegor Ogude...

Fresh Legs in the Team


Mikel Obi has been in his best form as a play maker. He has so organized the midfield, supported the defense and initiated most of the attacks. His performance so far, I think, should earn him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

Keshi's Super Eagles has more than surprised Nigerian fans, they've won the heart of Africa. The poll conducted by Super Sports on Facebook, ahead of the semi final game, saw Nigeria score 83% as against Mail 15%, as the favorite team to advance into the finals. And Super Eagles did it in a grand style.

The stage is now set for the finals between Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso, and you cannot take it for granted. Burkina Faso team is so compact and very physical. There may be no space for Nigerian players to display their enterprising football artistry. Both team met during the group stage of the tournament and drew one - one. Burkina Faso may want to drag Nigeria to penalty shoot out, which gave them the edge over Ghana at the second semi final game.

But Super Eagles has since turned into another team from the quarter final game. Burkina Faso may find them a hand full and too difficult to hold down this time around. Nigeria team is so motivated by their sudden believe in themselves against all odds. The support of their government and private individuals like Alico Dangote. There's no stopping them now. Indeed, Super Eagles look good to be the next African football Champion.

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