Akpoborie, who at his peak played for FC Carl Zeiss Jena and Stuttgart Kickers, both in Germany, said he does not expect the Nigerian team as built by Coach Stephen Keshi to have a good outing at the competition.
“I don’t expect anything from them, at the AFCON, just want the young players to get a very good run and get the necessary experience for the world cup qualifiers.
“If they get into the semi’s it will be a bonus,” he said.
The footballer cum analyst spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the international friendly match against Catalonia.
“Well against Catalonia I was not expecting anything. It was just a friendly. Overall, I thought the game was poor because the opposition were not fully committed to the game. But the fighting spirit was good,” Akpoborie said.
As regards the overall performance of the Keshi led squad, he said, “I like the trend Keshi has taken, but the quality of the home based players are still very low. I don’t blame him for that, but our league and coaches, in the league. But the flow of our game is evidently still a problem”.
He said that though he is not in support of Keshi “rebuilding” move, the coach has been consistent in his bid to rebuild a new team. Akpoborie, however, said he the coach has “wasted a lot of time with the home based players”.
Nigeria’s first match of the tournament will be against Burkina Faso at the Mboebena Stadium, in Nelspruit on the January 21.
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