Former Super Eagles defender, Nduka Ugbade has opined that the long line of young players in the Nigerian national team can make a hue impact at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but warned that other countries will also be desperate to clinch the trophy.
Ugbade, however, added during a chat with Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that the blend of experienced and young players in the Eagles’ roster to Egypt 2019 should make a lot of difference for Nigeria.
The maiden FIFA U-16 World Cup-winning captain, at China ’85, further pointed out that AFCON 2018 promises to be tougher than any other edition of the continental soccer showpiece, as more countries will be participating this time in an expanded version of the championship.
He reckoned that Nigeria cannot afford to be relaxed, and urged all the players, the technical crew and the officials to be on their toes heading into their first game against debuting Burundi.
Ugbade argued: “The competition will be tough, but our players should be up to the task, because will have a young and ambitious team.
“The young players will be eager to make history, and having older ones to motivate them should help us get the right blend in the team.
“Once we can get our players focused, the coaches showing them the right technical approach and the best back-up from the officials, then I know that we can do well at the Nations Cup coming up in Egypt.”