Former Super Eagles skipper Nwankwo Kanu has stated that the team under Stephen Keshi deserve much more respect from Nigerians.
Nigerians have raised some fears over the team after some less than convincing displays in the build-up to the 2013 Nations Cup as they laboured to draw with both Cape Verde and a Catalonia selected side.
However, ex-Arsenal star Kanu said Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia are afraid of the current Eagles and maintained if Nigerians believe in the team, they would gain in confidence and achieve great things.
“Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia are no threat to Nigeria at the AFCON and so there is no reason for Nigerians and Eagles to be afraid of these teams,” said Kanu, who has featured in a record six Nations Cups.
“I am telling you it is other way round, they are afraid of playing this present Eagles.’’