No Small Nation in Africa, Amadi Lauds Super Eagles AFCON Qualification


Former Nigerian Goalkeeper, Emeka Amadi has leaped to the defense of the Super Eagles following criticisms of the team despite their qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles snatched a late winner in the Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Monrovia.


Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to score’ a stoppage time winner; the victory was belabored, but Amadi argues that the team “got the job done”.

In a chat the FL, the former goalkeeper revealed that the most important team about the team is that they were able to meet their objectives, shunning claims that the Eagles struggled through the qualifying process.

“First of all I want to say congratulations to all Nigerians and the players of the Super Eagles, it is not easy to qualify for the AFCON, but they have done it and we are proud of them, and we hope they will continue to make us proud,” Amadi told FL.

“Being satisfied is secondary because that most important thing is that they have achieved their aim of qualifying for the AFCON. We all know it’s very difficult on African soil because we are using foreign players to play on grounds that are not good, also considering other bad factors.”

“Expectation is different from reality, there is no small Nation in football anymore; a win is a win, be it Sierra Leone or Guinea-Bissau or Mali.

“A game of football is decided on the form of the players on that particular day, there are a lot of factors.

“You can have good players but on that particular day things go south, they don’t play well, maybe logistic problems or injuries, there are a lot of factors that people don’t even know, so, having a good team is also important and it’s good to have a bulk of players that have stayed for some time in the National team.”


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