The Super Eagles’ chances of winning the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations competition with their present roster of players have been knocked out by former international George Abbey.
After winning it in 1980 at home, in 1994 in Tunisia, and in the 2013 finals in South Africa, the Eagles are looking to capture their fourth AFCON championship at the 34th edition planned for early next year in Ivory Coast.
The three-time AFCON champions have subsequently adopted the war cry “Let’s Do It Again” in their pursuit of another AFCON championship, Ivory Coast.
Abbey, who played 18 times for the Eagles and was a member of the team that took bronze in Tunisia in 2004, disagreed with Jose Peseiro’s team, claiming that despite ending their 15-game winless streak in friendly matches, their recent performances have flattered to deceive.
The former Crewe Alexandra defender thinks that even with Vincent Enyeama in goal, the current Eagles team is not strong enough to contend for the championship in Ivory Coast.
Francis Uzoho, who rejoined the team after missing the previous game due to suspension, committed errors in the goalkeeping department during the Eagles’ friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique. As the AFCON tournament draws near, this performance has fans worried.
Abbey remarked, “We are a patriotic nation, but we forget to check the current weather forecast.”
The team we have now is not as good as the one from 2013, which I believe overachieved given the competition.
“Even if we produced a Vincent Enyeama in his prime and put him in support of this team, I still wouldn’t back us to win the AFCON. I hope they will disagree with me, but I doubt it.
The opening round of the postponed 2023 AFCON, which will take place in January 2024, pits the three-time African champions against the host nations Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.