Kanu, Okocha Hail Keshi’s Team

Former captains of the Super Eagles, Kanu Nwankwo and Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha have applauded the Nigerian team for qualifying to play in the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Goals by Victor Moses and Victor Obinna Nsofor completed the rout of

the Walya Ibex of Ethiopia. Coach Stephen Keshi-led team became the first African nation to secure one of the five tickets on the continents for the. World Cup party next year.

Kanu and Okocha who were at the U,J Eusene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State to watch the crucial second leg of the World Cup playoffs were elated that Nigeria will be among the 32 countries of the world going to Brazil for the Mundial.

“We have to applaud the effort put in by coaches and players of the Eagles to secure this World Cup ticket. They really tried and I think they deserve our commendation,” said Kanu, who called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to prepare the team very well for the World Cup.

To Okocha, the qualification of the Eagles for the World Cup and the support they received from Nigerians during the 17 months qualifying campaign, has again demonstrated the good things that can come out when people unite to fight a cause.

“The Eagles have shown to us what we can achieve as a united nation even with our diversity. I want to commend the Eagles for picking the World Cup ticket,” said the former Bolton Wanderers of England star.

—Taiwo Adelu/Calabar


  1. NFF should pay Keshi the arrears of his salary if they have not done so. The preparation for the World cup should start in earnest. We should not wait for last minute dot com.

    • @ DAT: I am with you. We owe our athletes and coaches backlog of wages/benefits/entitlements, but expect them to excel/perform at the same time; I don’t get it. If they under perform, don’t you think they have good excuse?
      As for the World Cup preparation, you and I know that these guys in NFF are not going to do the right/sensible thing. Maybe a countdown digital timer will do the magic this time around. This clock is used where I live to call your attention to a deadline/D day, etc. We can get this installed right across NFF’s major offices. Day-dreaming? Yes I am, lol. I almost forgot we are talking about NFF. God help us.

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