2017 AFCON qualifiers: Amuneke, Kaita call for discipline, adequate planning

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ABUJA – Emmanuel Amuneke, a former Super Eagles winger, has called for adequate investments and planning to enable the Super Eagles emerge victorious at its 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Eagles will play Chad on June 13 in AFCON 2017 qualifier scheduled to take place in Kaduna.

Amuneke told NAN in Abuja on Tuesday that any expectation that does not consider investing time, money, planning and proper implementation, could be counterproductive.

“The advice I can give to the players is that they have to work hard, we are Super Eagles. We accepted that name; we have achieved a lot of glories in the past, but the game is changing.

“Other countries are investing a lot of money to develop their football, so, that means for you to be among the best, you must do what is right; you must invest, that’s just the simple truth.

“We want to win. It’s good but if we don’t invest, if we do not implement, if we don’t plan, then it will remain the same.

“Most of these players are naturally talented, but in modern football, you play with information.

“The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can understand what and what to do in the field of play.’’

He said that emphasis should be placed on information and education of players as that was the only way the team could improve from the stage it was.

Sani Kaita, a Super Eagles fringe midfielder, who also spoke with NAN in Abuja, said the players must work hard to measure up with the likes of former team captains Austin Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo.

“You cannot compare Super Eagles during those days and today’s Super Eagles, because when I started playing for the team, we had big names but nowadays it’s just players that are still coming up.
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“They need to work hard, of course focus on what they are looking for and try to help the team in every angle on the pitch.

“Discipline is there, because you can’t play without discipline.’’

According to him, ”I played with Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Okocha, Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Christian Obodo, and others; big names were there then; now, the team is still coming up”. (NAN)
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