Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser Clemens Westerhof says Nigeria’s Group B opponents at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations; Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar, do not possess the pedigree and quality to hurt the team’s ambition of winning the tournament, Completesports.com reports.
Westerhof, who steered the Super Eagles to 1994 Nations Cup glory in Tunisia, as well as guiding the squad to the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals in USA – the first time by the West African nation, speaks to Completesports.com exclusively from his native country, Holland, on Thursday.
“Who are Super Eagles going to play in the AFCON?,” Westerhof demanded when asked to bare his views on Super Eagles’ chances in the group, as well as in the competition generally.
When told that Nigeria will face Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B, Westerhof grinned with optimism.
“Super Eagles will qualify!,” he screamed.
“Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi – they are no match to Super Eagles.
“Super Eagles have good players who play in Europe. (John Obi) Mikel, (Odion) Ighalo, the man in Villareall (Samuel Chukwueze)…many others.
“They have experience. And yes, the Super Eagles are big. Guinea? No, no, they can’t hurt the Super Eagles.
“Burundi and Madagascar, beat Eagles? No, no, no way.”
Asked why he is so optimistic and confident about the Super Eagles despite fears among some Nigerians that there are obvious ‘weak’ points in the team, Westerhof, nicknamed ‘Dutch-Gerian’, hinged his optimism on the players’ experience in Europe and the World Cup.
“Super Eagles’ players are in big leagues in Europe. They have World Cup experience. They have good manager (Gernot Rohr). If they get the right mentality, yes, if the players’ attitude at the AFCON is okay, yeah, they can win it.”
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