Former Super Eagles player, Mark Anunobi, has expressed regrets over the absence of the Nigerian national team at the ongoing 2017 Africa Cup of Nations holding in Gabon.
Anunobi, a member of the Bronze winning Flying Eagles squad, Moscow 85, expressed his regrets in an exclusive interview with DAILY POST’s Delta State Correspondent, today .
Anunobi said he was pained by the absence of the ever popular Nigerian National Team as many of the talented youthful players who would maximize the opportunity to showcase their gift were denied the opportunity.
“Every Nigerian will not be happy that our Super Eagles are missing at the ongoing Africa Nations Cup. I am not happy. We are supposed to be there and let the world watch us and see how we play. We are talented, entertaining, the mentality to win is there because We have talented footballers.”
“It would have given our young players the opportunity to showcase further their talent to the world. People like Alex Iwobi, Iheanacho amongst others. So I really miss our Super Eagles and because of that, many Nigerians are not interested in the ongoing Africa Nations Cup.”
Anunobi noted that Nigeria may miss the World Cup billed to hold in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018, if nothing is done to cure the ‘sickness’ that denied Nigeria a spot at the 2017 Africa Nations Cup.
He suggested that, “We should start planing early and get focused. We should find what made us to fail and correct it. It is not good for a country like Nigeria to be missing out.”
“Like I told you, if we correct our mistake that made us not to qualify for the Nations Cup, support the players, pay them allowances as at when due and remove whatever that would act as impediment and with the technical crew doing their job, we will qualify.”
He admonished sports administrators in the country to evolve a better working strategy rather than the fire brigade approach that has become synonymous with Nigeria’s preparation for National and International competitions.