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Russia 2018: Babangida advises Super Eagles

Former Nigeria international, Tijani Babangida, says the Super Eagles still have work to do if they must qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.


Tijani Babangida

As some Nigerians celebrate the Super Eagles’ impressive run so far and the team’s likelihood to go through to the tournament, Babangida is however having some reservations.  He believes that the double header against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon is too crucial an encounter that could decide Nigeria’s fate.

He said: “Cameroon are the African Champions and they are favoured to win both encounter or may secure a draw in Nigeria and then a win in Cameroon.

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“But I think that the game would be difficult to predict and would not be an easy one for Nigeria.”

The Super Eagles currently top their qualifying group with six points after two matches, following victories against Zambia and Algeria.

In a related development, coach of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) Football Club of Ilorin, Henry Makinwa, said he is not disappointed at his side after they lost 0-2 to Abia Warriors in match Week 17 of the Nigerian Professional Football League.

Makinwa, who is confident that his team would bounce back from a recent poor run of form, however agreed that a better side won the game.

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“I’m not disappointed, because we have to adapt to the pitch. This is not our kind of game, it has been affecting us, we play a passing game, but when it comes to this kind of pitch, what do you do? You have to change, so it is difficult for us to adapt. It is also hard for them too.

“If we end up in the first 12 on the log, then that will be fantastic for us. We are a small team, we are not Abia Warriors, we are not Enyimba, or Kano Pillars, we are trying our best to be up there,” he concluded.

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ABS will play Rivers United on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in a reschedule match at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

By Felix Simire

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