By JACOB AJOM
Former captain of the national team, Kanu Nwankwo has described the defeat of the Olympic Eagles in the 2011 All Africa Games qualifier by their Ghanaian counterparts in Kumasi Sunday as bad news.
Speaking at the official launch of Airtel Rising Stars Football programme at the National Institute of Sports yesterday, Nwankwo fondly called Papilo by his adoring fans said, “It was a bad news, indeed. The Olympic Eagles did their best but their best was not good enough.”
Kanu believes the Austin Eguavoen-tutored had a bad day because they were capable of giving the country a credible representation at the All Africa Games
When reminded that it was the same Ghana whose women eliminated the Super Falcons from the same competition, he said, “today, it is Ghana! Ghana! Ghana! Tomorrow it will be the turn of Nigeria.”
In a show of confidence in the new national team Samson Siasia is building, Kanu believes the Ghanians could have an edge in the age grade teams but not the senior team. Said he, “I bet, if they come the way of the Super Eagles we will beat them.”
Kanu was one of the celebrity dignitaries that graced the Airtel Rising Star Football programme aimed at identifying and exposing budding Nigerian footballers to clubs and country. Popular musician, 2 Face Idibia and top management staff of Airtel led by its chief operating officer and Executive Director, Deepak Srivastava were present at the event.
Kanu praised the telecommunications company, saying, “what Airtel is doing is good for the young ones who are looking for an avenue to expose their talents.”