Former Super Eagles manager, Adegboye Onigbinde has insisted that preparation will make or mar the side qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The continent football body on Wednesday handed the 2013 AFCON champions the challenges of seven-time African champions, Pharaohs of Egypt, Taifa Stars of Tanzania and Les Sao of Chad for a placement at the biennial football showpiece.
Onigbinde said the quality of opposition countless compared with the quality of preparation towards the Afcon qualifying matches.
“I don’t count or recognise any team either as strong or weak rather I pay 100% attention and concentration on adequate preparations to confront any eventuality or team.
“The biggest challenge we have as a nation is the fact that we hardly learn any lesson from our past mistakes.
“I’m not sure whether anybody has bordered to find out why we didn’t qualify for the 2006 World Cup, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea as well as the immediate past 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
“And there are series of other unfortunate incidences in the history of our football development.
“I think the determining and overriding factor to our qualification to the 2017 AFCON in Gabon is how we go about the preparations to confront our opponents.
“Of course, it is a known fact that there are no more minnows any longer in football and if you ask me the same preparation you give to some countries like Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, among others should be same preparation you give to a primary school team.
“It is not the opposition that counts in the long run but the result you achieve at the end of the day.
“We are the one to decide whether or not we want to feature at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon,” said Onigbinde to supersport.com.
Only the group winners are guaranteed automatic spot while the overall two second placed teams will advance together with the hosts, Gabon to the 16-team championship.


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