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    ‘Nigerian Football Gives Me Nightmares’ – Nwankwo Kanu

    Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu has disclosed that the current state of the country’s football is causing him sleepless nights.

    Nigeria failed to qualify for two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations championships and more recently, the U-20 Eagles and the U-17 national team also failed to qualify for important tournaments, a situation that’s upsetting the former Eagles skipper.

    “That is the reality one faces each time one sleeps and wakes up. It hurts and it calls for deep reflection,” Kanu said.

    The former Arsenal and Inter Milan star called for all hands to be on deck at this critical juncture, adding that those with enough knowledge on what could be done to reverse the fortunes of Nigerian football should not shy away from doing so, Vanguard reports.

    “Everybody cannot be a coach. Some of us who know how things should be done can contribute in our own little way to move our football forward,” he added.

    According to him, this weekend’s 2017 Afcon qualifier between the Eagles and Tanzania cannot be taken lightly despite the fact the Eagles are already out of the competition, as the performance of the side would be important going forward.

    “It is going to be a big test for the new coach and the players. The coach would come under scrutiny in the eyes of the public and so will the players who will be playing under the new coach for the first time. First impression counts a lot.

    “We say we are the giant of Africa; we must strive to live like a giant,” he concluded.
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