By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje is clearly not happy with the performance of Nigeria in Wednesday night’s 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa which ended on a drab goalless draw.
Stephen Keshi’s team managed to unbeaten record against South Africa in competitive football matches but that has not clearly helped their chances of qualifying for the 2015 AFCON finals in Morocco where they are expected to defend their title.
“That’s not a good one (draw against South Africa). We make things hard for ourselves.
“We have made life so hard for ourselves. but I still fully believe we will make it through and I think this will work in our favour because now the coaching staff and the NFF will hopefully work harder in their respective duties and see how badly we all need to get our acts together,” Sodje tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
“I still think we are good enough, but you can only stay champions in whatever you do by improving yourself, so regardless of the squad we had that won the 2013 African Cup of Nations, and no disrespect to the players, they surprised me by this result, we need some other experienced players; home-based or foreign-based to represent the country,” Sodje fumed.
Sodje believes Stephen Keshi and his players can pull the chestnut out of the fire and qualify for the tournament in Morocco.
“We are the Super Eagles and its been done before. Nigeria had always bounced back from difficult situations like these. We can still do it again but honestly I feel we must not lose any of the remaining four games in the qualifiers to achieve it. God bless Nigeria,” the younger brother of Super Eagles defender at the 2002 World Cup, Efe Sodje concludes.
Nigeria’s next game in the 2015 AFCON qualifiers is an away game against Sudan on October 11th. They will play same back home in Nigeria four days later.