Okala tips Eagles for CHAN finals

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Awka – Legendary Nigeria’s Goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala on Monday predicted that the Super Eagles would progress to the finals of the ongoing Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in South Africa.

The ace defunct Green Eagles’ goalkeeper made the prediction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Awka.

According to Okala, the team has improved by each game, an indication that it will go far in the competition.

Okala said that he was impressed by the fighting spirit of the players, and singled out the goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, for learning from his errors in past games.

“I am happy with Agbim’s improvement after the dismal first two matches.

“He has a future and I believe the coaches are working on him; he made some brilliant saves yesterday.

“But my advice as a goalkeeper is that he should always communicate with his defenders; take his time before leaving his area and know when to parry to safety.

“He has what it takes to be Nigeria’s safest hands.

“The boys have shown that they are a determined side. Their match against South Africa is a good assurance for some of us.

“If they continue this way they will reach the finals,” he said.

NAN recalled that Nigeria had played three matches in the championshiop, losing 2-1 to Mali in the opening match and winning 4-2 against the Mambas of Mozambique and 3-1 in their final group match against host South Africa.

At the end of the first round, the Nigerian team placed second in Group A behind Mali. (NAN)

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