Galatasaray of Turkey striker, Henry Onyekuru has joined in predicting a glorious run for Nigeria at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, as the lad on loan from Everton of England believes the Super Eagles can get their fourth continental title on July 19, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although Onyekuru declared that the Eagles have the stuff champions are made of, he acknowledged that they must work hard for glory in Egypt, while SC Paderborn of Germany left-back, Jamilu Collins and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo both boldly declared that Nigeria can win AFCON 2019.
Onyekuru, Collins and Ighalo made their projections known during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos, as they took opportunities in respective chats to declare emphatically their confidence of returning home with the continental trophy, after the final on July 19 in Cairo, Egypt.
However, they also acknowledged that it will not be a stroll in the park, with Collins in particular em phasing that other teams at AFCON 2019 are equally as formidable as Nigeria is, but stressed that football matches are no longer won with the array of star players on offer by any side.
Collins stressed: “It’s no longer how many star players you have in your team. Football is no longer played with names.
“That’s why we have top put in our best. We have quality players, but we must not take any other team for granted.
“Even the host country, Egypt, they have a good team and people say they can win the cup, but Senegal also have a strong team as well.”
However, Onyekuru and Ighalo sounded a little more confident about Nigeria’s chances, as the Galatasaray star reckons the Eagles’ coach and players can make a world of difference, while his China-based colleague opined that the players will bring their club form to bear on their games.
Onyekuru stated: “We stand a chance of winning the cup in Egypt. We have a good coach and the right players are available. We can return home with the cup.”
Ighalo concluded, thus: “We are going there to win the cup. We have done well with our clubs and we are in form. We now hope to do well for our country as well.”