Henry Nwosu assures on Super Eagles' qualification

The one-time Nigeria international has urged the country to put behind them the disappointments of the last two matches and concentrate on getting a good result against Ethiopia
Former Green Eagles midfielder, Henry Nwosu has tasked the country's senior national team to put the draw against the Copper Bullets of Zambia behind them and commence strategy on how to plot the fall of the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia on Tuesday.

Just like it was in the previous match, Nigeria led again through in-form striker, Emmanuel Emenike but surrendered it in a bizarre way to Zambia after the centre referee awarded a late spot kick to the Afcon defending champions which evened the scoreline.

Nwosu, a veteran of several Afcons stated that it won't be of any help to the country to continue to brood over the failure of the Eagles to grab maximum points but a time to start tinkering about how to beat Ethiopia by as many goals as possible to ensure our progression.

Nwosu counselled:"We drew our second successive match but it is not the end of the road. We still have a tie more to seal our fate. We need to stop talking about what we did and did not do that got the two draws but we should start thing about the game against Ethiopia.
"We need to win that tie with a comfortable margin. If we look at the result had by Burkina Faso over the same opponent."

On the level of officiating especially in the second game against Zambia on Friday evening Nwosu  blasted the centre referee that handled the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group C Match day 2 tie between Nigeria and cup holders Zambia a tie which ended 1-1 apiece Friday evening.

A livid Nwosu in an interview with Goal.com shortly after the match said the penalty kick the referee gave and some dubious calls in the Eagles' last two matches showed that CAF had already hatched a plan to ensure that Nigeria exits the biennial competition early.

He stressed that the spot kick was never one describing it as daylight robbery.

The former Eagles' captain however expressed his optimism that Nigeria would still pick a ticket to the quarter final but wasn't sure if they would cross the next hurdle when they face any of the two countries presented by Group D.

"This can never be a penalty. CAF and that centre referee have a plan against Nigeria. They had already mapped out their strategy to ensure the Eagles are eliminated. How on earth could that be a spot kick?

"Nigeria will still qualify but we are not going to go far in the competition. This is a complete shame to African football," an angry Nwosu expressed.

With this latest draw, the Eagles have a two points from a possible six and are in a must-win tie against the Walyas Antelopes next week to nurture any ambition of progression into the next round.

Burkina Faso jumped to the leadership of Group C after a 4-0 thumping of Ethiopia on Friday night. They have four points from two games. Nigeria, Zambia and Ethiopia follow the Stallions in that order leading to the final round of matches.