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February 24, 2024

Eagles can win Nations Cup, Okoye insists

Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is convinced that the Super Eagles have enough quality to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The 33rd edition of the continental championship kicks off in Cameroon on January 6, despite intense pressure for it to be postponed or even cancelled. Nigeria look far from being prepared for the Afcon, with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sacking head coach Gernot Rohr less than a month to the tournament. Former Nigerian international and 1994 Afcon winner Augustine Eguavoen was immediately named the interim head coach and was expected to lead the team to Cameroon 2021.

But NFF President Amaju Pinnick on Wednesday revealed that the Federation had reached an advanced stage in their search for a new technical adviser, and one could be appointed next week. It is still unclear whether Eguavoen or the new substantive head coach will lead the Super Eagles to Cameroon next month. But Watford signing Okoye ignoring the drama being played out in the administrative offices and is focusing on the quality possessed by the three-time African champions. Defending champions Algeria, hosts Cameroon, and seventime winners Egypt are the favourites to lift the Nations Cup come February 6. Still, Okoye insists that Nigeria has the pedigree and players to enjoy a triumphant outing in Cameroon. “We are going to the Africa Cup to win the tournament,” Okoye declared to Rijnmond, as per FcUpdate.

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