Former Super Eagles' coach, Christian Chukwu has said that the Super Eagles are well motivated to beat Burkina Faso in the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
He applauded the team for overcoming the initial struggle at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to nick a place in Sunday's final billed for Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chukwu who was the skipper of the Green Eagles when the country's senior national team won the AFCON for the first time in 1980 said the Eagles should be bouyed by their performance in South Africa and stay motivated against Burkina Faso after making light work of Mali in the semi finals.
He enjoined the Stephen Keshi led Eagles to take a cue from the Green Eagles that braved the odds to win the AFCON at the country's first final appearance in 1980 because they knew that emerging as African champions would engrave their names in record books and also accord them the opportunity to take the handshake of the President of the country among other incentives.
Chukwu praised the Eagles for giving Nigerians something to cheer about and for getting the country closer to her third title in her 7th final appearance.
"I am happy and I can only thank them for spelling Mali for us and making it looked as if they played a group match. They made a mincemeat of the Malians. It is time for them to make a name for themselves just like we did more than 30 years ago when we won the country's first AFCON title.
"We were not motivated by money but by the fact that we were about making a name for ourselves. We wanted to meet the new President then who was only elected about six months before the competition. We wanted to secure the first title for him.
"They also have enough to motivate them on Sunday against Burkina Faso. They won't be forgotten if they can strive to win the cup for Nigeria.
"They should not lower their performance. They can do it if they are not complacent and they played against Burkina Faso just like they did against Ivory Coast and Mali," Chukwu, who is a member of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Technical Committee, said.
Nigeria has played in six finals and won only twice in 1980 and 1994 while they lost thrice to Cameroon in 1984,1888 and 2000. The Eagles also lost 1-0 to hosts Algeria in 1990.