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Confed Cup: Fashanu urges continuous support for Super Eagles

Lagos – John Fashanu, a former Wimbledon FC of England striker, wants Nigerian soccer fans to continue to support the Super Eagles at the ongoing Confederations Cup, even if it failed to play well.

Fashanu,  on Wednesday, in Lagos, noted that the team did not have a monopoly of victory.

“No team owns the monopoly of victory,’’ Fashanu said.

Nigeria's footballers pose for the official picture before the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match against Tahiti, at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 17, 2013. (Standing L-R) Midfielder John Obi Mikel, defender Uwa Echijile, defender Efe Ambrose, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Anthony Ujah and midfielder Fegor Ogude. (First row, L-R) Forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Sunday Mba and defender Godfrey Oboabona.   AFP PHOTO
Nigeria’s footballers pose for the official picture before the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match against Tahiti. AFP PHOTO

The 1988 winner of the English FA Cup with Wimbledon, advised fans to be more constructive in their utterances, pointing out that the team was getting better by the day.

“Everybody can see that they are gradually improving with each match, and I think everybody should be happy about the improvement in the team.

“Football fans should not always be in a hurry to castigate these boys, because our comments affect them psychologically so we should talk cautiously.’’

He remarked that fans were now under the illusion that since the Super Eagles won the African Cup of Nations, “we must win every other match; it does not work that way’’.

Fashanu, who also plied his trade with Aston Villa FC of England, described football as a game of the unexpected with many twists and turns.

“We must understand that in the game of football, there are times good sides perform well, and also perform poorly.’’

He commended the Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, for the courage he had exhibited on the job, in spite of the barrage of criticisms levelled against him and the players.

“Keshi has really come a long way and the boys have shown commitment in each of their outings,’’ the former striker added. (NAN)


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