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Look beyond being African champions, Amiesimaka urges Super Eagles

Cape Town – Former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, on Sunday urged the Super Eagles not to underrate their semi-final opponents at the ongoing Africa Nations Championship, (CHAN) in South Africa.

Amiesimaka gave the advice to the team in an interview in Cape Town.

He on telephone said that having beaten the Atlas Lions of Morocco 4-3 at the quarter-finals, the team should remain focused and tackle their semi-final opponents with seriousness.

Amiesimaka said the victory over Morocco had shown that the Eagles had character and resilience to meet challenges in spite of being three goals down at half time.

“What the victory against Morocco should teach us is that we have the ability to conquer at least in Africa.

“We should expect a better performance because we can deliver. There are minor challenges in the team that can be cured.

“Overall, our potential is undisputed. So, playing against either Ghana or DR Congo, we shouldn’t take either of them as a push over.

“We should approach that match with seriousness and try to learn from the mistakes of the past.

“Understand the football mentality of Ghana or DR Congo, so that we can try to neutralise their strong points and capitalise on their weaknesses,’’ he said.

Amiesimaka, former Chairman of Sharks FC of Port Harcourt, said the Eagles had the potential to go far in the tournament if they put their acts together.

He commended Coach Stephen Keshi and the players for their resilience and hard work.

Amiesimaka also said that the team should look beyond being African champions and aim at getting to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“If our local clubs can produce players who can show such resilience, commitment and occasional flashes of true brilliance, we should hold ourselves to blame for not being among the very best in the world.

“All we need to do is to get our acts together. We should be talking about ruling the world. We have the endowment, the requirement and potential to do it,’’ he said. (NAN)


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