By Obi Martins Okafor.
Nigeria triumphed against Liberia in the last AFCON qualifiers to book a place in next year’s AFCON tournament billed to take place in South Africa. The Super Eagles are lined up against Zambia, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia in the group phase.
So much has already been said about the groupings but Nigerians can’t wait to see the forward line up of players the Eagles will be parading in South Africa to ensure that the trophy is bought back to the country after a whooping 18 years absence.
As the Super Eagles begin preparations for 2013 Nations Cup with an international friendly against Venezuela November 14, Coach Stephen Keshi has admitted that he faces a striker selection headache.
With top Nigerian strikers Obafemi Martins, John Utaka, Osaze Peter Odemwingie and Victor Anichebe enjoying a fresh breath of form and couple with fact that youngsters like Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike and Ikechukwu Uche have been making their presence felt in the Eagles campaigns under Keshi, the coach fondly called the Big Boss stated that he and his assistants will have a tough time deciding the strikers who will make the team to the Nations Cup.
“We have so many forwards and we have to sit down and do a hard thinking. I have every Nigerian player in mind, but like the saying goes many are called few are chosen”, said Keshi.
He added that every Nigerian player will be given an opportunity to fight for a place in the team. For now, I cannot guarantee any player a shirt. Everyone will be invited to camp to prove that they deserve a place in the squad.
Keshi returns to the Nations Cup where he failed to go beyond the first round with the Hawks of Togo and the Eagles of Mali. However, he declared that his ambition is to go far in the tournament as his team is determined to bounce back to reckoning in African.
Nigeria starts its Nations Cup road to victory with Burkina Faso on January 21 and whoever the coach picks to lead the Eagles should bear in mind the depth of talent in that area and as such, work hard to get the job done for the country.