By Patrick Omorodion
It is evident that a handful of the Super Eagles players now with the team in South Africa may be seeing their last days in the team, not necessarily because of their woeful performance so far but because age has caught up with them.


Nwankwo Kanu
He is number one on the list and the team’s non playing captain who is not only the most capped player in the team but the oldest, having been allegedly born 34 years ago.

Kanu who sprang up after the feat of the Golden Eaglets at the 1991 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Japan, has been capped 83 times but has scored a miserly 13 goals, non of which was either in the World Cup or Nations Cup.
He has been part of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups but many football followers were unanimous in their belief that he had no business being in the present squad at the 2010 World Cup.

Joseph Yobo
Next on the line of those who should bid the Eagles bye is ironically the present captain and vice to Kanu, Joseph Yobo. Apart from being prone to injury these days, a sign of age, Yobo has consistently shown that his legs cannot carry his frame anymore.
He has been capped 65 times, second to Kanu and has three goals recorded in his name.

Danny Shittu
Bulky and macho defender, Danny Shittu who many believe should be better in Sumo wrestling than football, has been capped 25 times for the Eagles but unlike other adventurous defenders, he has no record of goal against his name. He may not be fit for the next World Cup holding in Brazil in 2014.

Dele Aiyenugba
For as long as Vincent Enyeama remains at his best, Dele Aiyenugba will remain in his shadows. He is off and on in the Eagles hence his low cap at eight. He has no goal to his name

John Utaka
His inclusion in the World up team after failing to make the Nations Cup in Angolahas continued to raise questions. He has the fourth best caps, 44 for the Eagles but the five goals he scored have not justified his position as a striker for a team like the Super Eagles.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni
He has been capped 48 times, third behind Kanu and Yobo. He is also the top scorer for the Eagles but his 19 goals paves into insignificance when compared to Rashidi Yekini whose Nations Cup competition goals was 13, one less than the record at the time he retired from the team, 14, set by Cote d’Ívoire’s Laurent Pokou before Samuel Etoó broke in Ghana in 2008.

Aiyegbeni has also had his fair share of injury but his present form does not provoke any confidence for another World Cup berth. He definitely will fall back to club football from where he will retire in a matter of two or three years.
Obafemi Martins

Called weapon of mass destruction his16 goals in his 31 caps for the Eagles do not tell the story of his sobriquet.
On his good day, Martins is an Achilles heel for goalkeepers and it showed in the last 2010 World Cup qualifier where his risked his leg to slam home the winning goal. His frequent injury which is a direct result of age, even though he claims he is about 26 years, may not guarantee his coninuous stay in the Eagles for the 2014 World Cup.


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