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2010 World Cup: Lagerback backs Kanu

Tony Ubani
EAGLES coach, Lars Lagerback has given fresh hopes to the chances of captain Nwankwo Kanu making it to the World Cup when he said that he would not discard the player because of criticisms.


The Portsmouth striker and captain of the Olympic winning team became the butt of attacks when he was consigned to the bench during the African Cup of Nations in Angola with many alleging that he has outstayed his usefulness in the Eagles. But the newly signed Swede said that he would not drop Kanu or any player on the mere allegations that they are getting old. “We all are getting old.

I know much about him and he was a fantastic player. I need to hold talks with him. Age is not a barrier to good performance”, said moments after rounding off stiff oppositions from former England Manager, Glenn Hoddle and Bruno Metsu to get the Eagles job.

Erstwhile Eagles coach, Amodu Shuiabu also vowed to include Kanu, Yakubu Aiyegbeni in the train to the World Cup if he was to lead the team to South Africa. Amodu reasoned that Kanu was the best player and would be useful in the World Cup while noting that Aiyegbeni remains Nigeria’s best attacking player.


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