Nigerian-born, England ex-international, John Fashanu has expressed confidence on the ability of Super Eagles to qualify for 2017 African Cup of Nations, despite lethargic performance put up by Sunday Oliseh-led side against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania at the weekend.
At the moment, Egypt have opened up a two points gap over Nigeria in their group after thrashing Chad 5-1 away. Super Eagles could only manage 2-0 win against Chad in Kaduna three months ago.
However, Fashanu who choose to remain on the side of his countrymen noted that the Nigerian senior national team under Oliseh needed time to perform optimally.
He equally advocated for better focus in the country’s bid not to lose out on another Nations Cup ticket.
Nigeria failed to participate in this year’s AFCON after a 2-2 draw against South Africa during the last qualifier game when an outright win was required for the then coach Stephen Keshi and his boys to gain passage.
Fashanu added: “I’m not here to adjudge what is good and what is bad, but as a nation we have to be patient, with Oliseh. Everybody wants to bring down Sunday’s head but let us give him time and be patient. Remember he said he is not the messiah.
“Assuming he said he was the messiah then we might have been singing a different tune today, but he said is not a messiah, he needs time. Let him get to know the team, let him get to know the players, let him get to know the environment. He is now a manager. He hasn’t experience or background of being a manager.
Asked if he expected Super Eagles to beat their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo in the next qualifier fixture, the former Wolves Hampton player was rather diplomatic in his response.
“We all know that its only one country that will qualify. Well, let’s see what will happen in the next game. If you ask me some teams play better away than even when they play at home, because pressure is always there when you are playing at home.
“Because everybody, including your family is watching you, but when you are away, you enjoy football better.”
So far, the Eagles have four points, two points adrift of that of Egypt.


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