Former Super Eagles’ captain, Kanu Nwankwo has praised the senior national team for getting the crucial three points from their away tie in Ndola against Zambia in the opening fixture of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup but warned that the players must not celebrate.
The Super Eagles scored two goals in the first half through Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho in the 31st and 42nd minutes but the Chipolopolo reduced the deficit in the second half through Collins Mbesuma in the 72nd minute and the Nigerian side held on till the end of the encounter.
Kanu, a member of the Eagles that defeated the same Zambian side in 2010 in Lubango, Angola during the quarter final of the African Cup of Nations, told SportingLife shortly after the tie yesterday that the players did themselves and the nation proud in Ndola with the away feat but that more work still remains for the country to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
He told SportingLife that the Eagles must start preparation for next month’s qualifier with the Desert Foxes of Algeria immediately and should not continue to dwell on the result of the tie in Ndola if they want to consolidate their stronghold on the qualifying log.
“I am elated with this result. I said before the match that the Eagles must strive to get the crucial three points and having achieved that, it is no time to relax yet. They must concentrate on the preparation towards their next tie against Algeria. It is no time to celebrate yet,” Kanu, the winner of the 1996 and 1999 CAF Player of the Year award, told SportingLife.
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