A former Super Eagles Striker, Kanu Nwankwo, has appealed to Nigerians to rally round the Super Eagles of Nigeria and give them maximum support.
In a CHAT with PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja on Thursday, the 38-year old former Arsenal player urged Nigerians to come out en-masse to support the nation’s football especially the Super Eagles that is struggling to qualify for the 2015 Cup of Nations.
“Well, the Super Eagles’ struggle is difficult to take in, but I want to beg Nigerians to continue their support. They should come out and support them. After all, it is our team. Football is not like that, good or bad we love football but we want to keep winning the Nigerian way. In football you win some and lose some,” Kanu said.
“We have to keep supporting; it will help and encourage them. We should push hard and encourage them, boost their morale because they work better under pressure,” he said.
Reacting to Stephen Keshi’s sack, He said it is not a big deal as coaching jobs are all about hiring and firing, “Being sacked is not new to Keshi and everyone who knows football. That is football. Coaching job is not a permanent one for everyone. You come and go and if you do well all the praises will be on you and if you don’t do well, the world will come after you,” Kanu said.
Advising the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, on football development in the country, Kanu, a former Iwuanyawu Nationale striker, popularly known as Papillo, said grassroots players should be encouraged because he is a product of grassroots football,
“Grassroots football and talents should be allowed to grow in Nigeria, I am a product of grassroots football, I was in a village playing in Owerri and someone saw me and helped me out. There are raw talents in the villages and everywhere,” he said.
“We should not be looking outside the country all the time, we have the talents here and if we give them the chance and the opportunity, they will perform.”
Kanu was a former captain of the Olympics Dream Team that won football gold medal in 1996. He was the African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999.
He was in the Nigerian team that won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1993.