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The former Super Eagles assistant coach says the draw against the Harambee Stars should teach the players some great lessons

Former Nigeria assistant coach, Lawrence Akpokona has told Goal.com that the Super Eagles' 1-1 draw against the Harambee Stars in Saturday's 2014 World Cup qualifier should be a wake up call for the players that they are the target of every country in Africa.

Akpokona noted that as African Champions, no  team on the continent will want to lose to Nigeria.

"The draw should be a kind of wake up call for the coaches and officials. It is a wake up call because so many lessons should be learnt from the game.

"Nigeria is the defending champion of the Africa Cup of Nations. That means every country will play us with all seriousness.

"We cannot take any team for granted. There are no small teams anywhere in the world again.

"Yes we are the African Champions, but we must stop celebrating that feat. It is time to fully concentrate and win the matches that we should.

"Thank God we did not lose. The team should now fully focus on qualifying for the World Cup because it will be disastrous if as African Champions, we fail to play at the World Cup in Brazil next year.

"Most importantly, the players must play like the champions that they are. They should be able to impose themselves in every game at all times.

"I am sure we can beat this Kenyan side in Nairobi when we play the return leg in June, but all hands must be on deck," Akpokona sounded off.

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