By Tony Ubani
EAGLES skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, remains one of Nigeriaâ€™s most accomplished footballers but his inclusion for his third and certainly last World Cup finals came as a surprise. His epileptic appearance for Portsmouth who were drowned in relegation almost denied himÂ a World Cup shirt.
Many Nigerians gaped when Lars Lagerback named him in his final 23- man list. The Swede still insists that Kanu remains one of the best things to ever happen to Nigeria.
â€œHe is one of the best players around. He is disciplined, committed and has an uncanny trick that defenders have no clues toâ€, Lagerback said on Skysports to boost the morale of his skipper. â€œHe is strong and lion-hearted. He is a natural leaderâ€. Kind words apparently buoyed Kanu to insist that the Eagles would make a major impact in the first World Cup on African soil.
â€œLagerback has instilled a lot of confidence in our team. The spirit is high and the camp is like a family. Once there is unity in camp with good spirit the players are difficult to be stopped. It is not going to be easy for any team. No team can underestimate another team. I am hopeful that our team will hold more for Nigeriansâ€, Kanu affirmed.