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Super Eagles should look beyond African glory, says Bonfere Jo


[FILES] Nigerian players celebrate a goal during the African Cup of Nations qualification match between Nigeria and Libya in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in southern Nigeria, on October 13, 2018. – Nigeria beat Libya 4-0 with Odion Ighalo grabbing a hat-trick for the Super Eagles to get their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign firmly back on track in Uyo, southern Nigeria. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Former Super Eagles manager, Bonfere Jo believes Nigeria has enough quality to challenge the best teams in the world instead of just being satisfied with success at the African Nations Cup.

Nigeria is one of the countries tipped to win next month’s African Nations Cup in Egypt. But Jo has charged the present Eagles squad to work hard and aspire to become world-beaters.The Dutch-born tactician told The Guardian in Lagos that the 1994 Eagles were able to hold their own at the global level and also win the 1996 Olympic Gold in Atlanta because the team were kept together and handled by a credible coach, who was with the Eagles for a long time.

He noted that for the present Super Eagles squad to be that good, the team has to constantly play matches together with top rated sides.He expressed confidence in the Gernot Rohr led Eagles to excel at the Nations Cup, stressing that the team’s level of commitment has proved they can excel in Egypt.

“The present Super Eagles need to work harder to excel at the AFCON and also be world champions. The 1994 set was successful because I was with the team for six years. I knew the strengths and weaknesses of all the players in the team.

“If I needed to introduce a new player in any department, it was done tactically. I can’t say much about the present Eagles due to the fact that I am not close to the team. But my advice for the Eagles and officials is to remain together and play more games for a long while.

“The present Super Eagles have what it takes to excel in Egypt. I wish the team the best. Nigeria has abundant talents,” he said.


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