Former Super Eagles’ forward, Jonathan Akpoborie, has warned that Super Eagles might not get past the African giants to qualify for the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup going by what he saw in the game against Rwanda on Saturday at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
Akpoborie, who dismissed the Eagles’ performance as poor despite their 2–0 bashing of Rwanda, noted that the team he saw lacked technical and tactical depth, even as he charged Coach Stephen Keshi not to be carried away by the victory.
“We played against a side that is weak and yet we struggled. We couldn’t keep possession of the ball like the Rwandese did. So, the worry is what happens if we face the big boys. If we face the giants with this kind of team, we will be in trouble,” Akpoborie said.
The former Stuttgart of Germany forward, who spoke on Supersports, insisted that there was nothing to celebrate over the victory against Rwanda, even as he charged Keshi to work on his team before the next round of qualifiers in September.
“Keshi must do something before we play in September. The performance against Rwanda was not inspiring and I know what I am talking about. We don’t have a team that can face any of the African giants.”
Akpoborie further pointed out that the U.J. Esuene turf was not a place where players could express themselves and play good football, a position which Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, who was not in action on Saturday supported.
Yobo, who watched from the stands no thanks to injury, said the U.J. Esuene turf was too bumpy, a situation that makes the game difficult. “We need to play on a good turf. That is the only way to get the best out of the players,” Yobo suggested.