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Super Eagles now in AFCON spirit, says Udeze

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Nigeria’s defender Kenneth Omeruo (L) heads the ball to score during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze has expressed optimism that the Eagles would excel in the on-going 2019 African Nations Cup in Egypt, saying the team is beginning to gel.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday in the wake of the Eagles’ victory over Guinea in their second group game, Udeze said that the performance has shown that the team is now in the high spirit to contend for the trophy.

He notes that the improvement of the Eagles in their second match indicated that the players are eager to prove they are a force to be reckoned with, adding that beating Guinea was no mean feat.

Drawing from the Super Eagles performance in the opening game against Burundi, Udeze said the Eagles stepped up their game against hard-fighting Guinea to earn the maximum points and also qualify for the second round.

“The Super Eagles are now in the AFCON spirit. When a team keeps improving in a championship in every game, it shows the players are focused and determined for success.

“The Eagles should start preparing for the round of 16 games immediately.

They should also fight hard to win the last group game to maintain the winning spirit moving forward. And Rohr should also continue picking the right players for every game.

“Getting to the round of 16 to a large extent has helped in instilling confidence on the team. Tougher opponents would not scare the Eagles at this point because they are now giving every game its own special approach. If they keep progressing this way, they will eventual play in the final,” he said.


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