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Don’t celebrate yet, Adokiye warns Eagles

By Jacob Ajom

FORMER Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka has warned Nigerians, particularly, Super Eagles players and their technical crew not to go into premature celebration, with the thought that Russia 2018 ticket has been achieved following Nigeria’s 2-1 away victory over Zambia at the weekend.

Amiesimaka congratulated the Eagles for the victory, but said, “I am already hearing people saying we have already qualified. It is a lie. It is not over until it is over. That is the spirit I want the players and the coaches to adopt because the other teams in our group are no pushovers.”

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Looking at the Zambia match, which the Eagles ran away with maximum points, Amiesimaka said, “I think what enabled us to beat the Zambians was the attack. We are better when we adopt free-flowing attack anchored on wing play.”

However, the former Nigeria international picked holes in the defence. “We are not practically competent to maintain a solid regime in the defence. That is what the coaches have to dwell on before the next match.”

On the new Super Eagles coach, he observed that credit must be given to Gernot Rohr for achieving victory over Zambia, but insisted, “there is nothing exceptional about Rohr, to prefer him to Siasia or Oliseh.”

Amiesimaka frowned at the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, for owing indigenous coaches while the Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has been paid up to date. “It is discriminatory, colonial retrogressive mentality. No other country in the would would permit that to happen to her citizens, except Nigeria,” he said.


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