18th February, 2012
Nigeria-23 Eagles and Athletico Madrid of Spain B team player, Yusuf Olaitan Otubajo has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles will qualify for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The former Golden Eaglets player opined that coach Stephen Keshi is on the right path in the team’s rebuilding process, stressing that with the assistance and support from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, the Eagles would be super again.
Otunbajo noted that the Eagles would experience a revival judging by what the coach achieved with the Hawks of Togo, where he qualified the team for Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup.
According to him: “The Big Boss is a coach who I hold in high esteem. He is a no nonsense tactician and I believe with the approach he adopted with the national team of Togo, Keshi will make the Eagles to soar again. But he needs the support of Nigerians to achieve results”.
On his expectation ahead of the 29 February Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda he advised the team not to underrate their hosts, warning that there are no minnows in football again.
“Look at the just concluded Nations Cup, nobody gave the Zambians a chance but they went ahead to win the trophy, so I’m imploring the Eagles not to look down on any of their opponents”, Otubanjo said.
Although, the player said he is not worried that he has not been handed an invitation by Eagles coaches, he concluded by saying that he is ready to play for the national team.
Otubanjo claimed he has honed his skills enough in Spain to merit a call up to the national team.
By Adebobola Alawode