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Eagles must keep working hard – Adepoju

Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has advised the Super Eagles never to relent should they hope to end the 2016 African Nations Championship on a high.
After a drab first half, Sunday Oliseh’s men put up an awe-inspiring display to silence Niger Republic 4-1 at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo to lead Group C with three points.

As the team prepares to face the Carthage Eagles who chase their first win in the tourney today, the midfielder nicknamed ‘Headmaster’ insists the team must work hard to silence Henryk Kasperczak’s side.

“They played very well in the second half [against Niger] and they scored goals – they were beautiful goals and well planned in for which I think the team is improving,” Adepoju said.

“I’m sure the Niger win will motivate them. I just think they shouldn’t relax.

“They should continue working hard because the next match won’t be easy as the last one because the Tunisians will want to come out and win so that they can qualify, so they won’t find it easy as they are up for what they did in the last game, they should try and improve on it.”

The former Real Sociedad star is of the view that the Nigeria Professional Football League stars are just evolving and should not be compared with their foreign based colleagues, and also feels the team or the technical crew should not be evaluated by their success or failure in Rwanda.

“They are just starting so we shouldn’t be talking about challenge or no challenge when they invite them.

“This is a competition in which they are just starting; we shouldn’t be talking about assessment or no assessment. Let them just go and get the victory and then come back then we will know what assessment to do,” he concluded.


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