Julius Aghahowa has backed the Super Eagles to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt later this year, reports Completesports.com.
The three-time AFCON winners qualified for the 2019 AFCON with a game to spare after missing out on the last two editions.
Aghahowa who represented Nigeria at four AFCON tournaments winning a silver medal and three bronze believes that the current crop of players have the quality to match the achievement of the 2013 squad that lifted the title after missing out on the previous edition.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the Super Eagles will lift the trophy in Egypt,” Aghahowa told Completesports.com.
Aghahowa, a four-time Ukrainian league champion with Shakhtar Donetsk, also makes case for the home-based players to be given an opportunity in the national team under manager, Gernot Rohr.
“We have a very young team with a lot of good quality players and I can beat my chest that these lads are going to make us proud, but Gernot Rohr should also give the home-based players a chance to prove themselves,” he said.
“The likes of Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo, William Troost-Ekong, and others are not doing badly in their various clubs.
“For me, this is a pointer that Nigeria is one of the favorites to win the Nations Cup in June.”
The former Super Eagles attacker further heaps praise on Rohr, saying the Franco-German tactician hasmade impressive mark already as Nigeria coach.
“Rohr has done well so far as the Super Eagles’ coach but there must be a blend of a couple of home-based players in the squad too.”
By Johnny Edward