Afcon ticket: Fan Ndubuoke Hails NFF, Eagles

Heartland's general manager has spoken kindly of the senior national team and the football federation for the role played in the country's return to the Africa Cup of Nations

Chief Fan Ndubuoke, general manager of Heartland FC, has commended the Stephen Keshi-led Super Eagles for booking a ticket to the South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Ndubuoke also hailed the current board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) headed by Alhaji  Aminu Maigari on its new effort to revive  Nigerian football standards after several years of disappointment.

The senior national team, last weekend at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, humbled Liberia 6-1 in the second leg of the final African qualifier to book a ticket to South Africa while the U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets playing at the same venue a day later beat Guinea 3-0.

Ndubuoke who was a former board member and one time contender for the Nigerian Football top seat, said the two results came as a result of determination by the NFF, the technical crew and the players all of who worked hard to give Nigerians joy at this particular moment.

“I’m impressed at the score-line at which the Super Eagles won their opponents though the quality of play needs to be stepped up. I am even more pleased at the soccer artistry, positional play and maturity with which the Golden Eaglets dealt the Guineans. That standard was reminiscent of Nigerian football’s glorious past and that game shows that Nigerian football is on the match for a revival,” he explained.

 “I’ll like to appeal to coach Stephen Keshi to look home-wards this time. Eagles did well but there are a couple of foreign-based players in that team whose performances did not justify their inclusion. He should try and watch local matches and I’m sure he will find a good number of home-based players who can do better than some foreign-based players did in that match,” he said.

Ndubuoke also praised the present harmonious relationship existing among the Super Eagles technical crew and prayed for such to be sustained.

“I want to give kudos to the technical crew for making sure there was no bickering among them. The two assistant coaches Sylvanus Okpara and Daniel Amokachi have shown that they can work together with Keshi. I’ll like to see this loyalty sustained. In the past, bickering among technical crew members was the bane of the team but this time appears to be different,” he added.