Henry Nwosu: Eagles are on track

The ex-international has praised the national team’s display against Catalonia but warned more work still lies ahead before the Africa Cup of Nations

Former Green Eagles' captain Henry Nwosu has tasked players of the senior national team to bring their wealth of experience to the table and ensure that the work of head coach Stephen Keshi reflects adequately.

Nwosu who spoke with Goal.com after watching the high profile friendly between the Catalonia selected XI and Nigeria expressed happiness at the Eagles’ show of gut, zeal, determination and the hunger for success but counselled the team from getting complacent owing to the outcome of the tie.

He advised Keshi and his back room staff to continue with the steady work of rebuilding the national team for an eventful campaign in South Africa during the Africa Cup of Nations but warned Nigerians against putting the team under pressure through the giving of ultimatum.

It would be recalled that Nigeria drew 1-1 against Catalonia selected on Wednesday night with Bright Dike getting Eagles' cherished equaliser in the 55th minute. The goal cancelled the initial effort by Sergio Gonzalez had in the fourth minute from the penalty spot after a Fengor Ogude touched the ball.

The former Golden Eaglets coach reckons that with the proper blend of the foreign based players and a handful of the domestic players that would make the list, Nigeria could prove bookmakers wrong in South Africa.

Nwosu said: "I watched the game and to be candid with you I was pleased with what I saw. It showed we are making progress. I love the way the team played and the zeal displayed too.

"It is still a long road to raise a formidable team so I will urge Keshi and other technical crew to continue the good work and not relent. The players too are cautioned not to get carried away because of this result."

Eagles are preparing for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations holding in South Africa. They are grouped alongside cup holders, Zambia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso. The competition starts on January 19.