Ahead of the All African Cup Of Nations (AFCON), three if the former Super Eagles players, Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, and Tijani Babangida have received appointments from the Nigerian Football Federation.
In a press statement by the NFF on Tuesday, said these legends have been appointed as scouts and motivational figures for Nigeria in the 2019 AFCON tournament happening in Egypt this summer.
As stated by the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, the trio will keep track and spy on the activities of the Super Eagles’ opponents leading to finals in Egypt and reporting back to the technical adviser, Gernot Rohr. This assignment will also span till the end of the tournament.
“Okocha, Kanu, and Babangida served Nigeria meritoriously as players and we believe they have the capacity to excel in this particular assignment. They will also serve as role models for our young team in Egypt”, the General Secretary said.
Okocha was a crucial member of the Golden generation if Eagles, they guided the team to her first ever World Cup finals l, triumphed in the AFCON on an away soil for the first time, and reaching the round of 16 at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, emerging the second most entertaining team of the tournament finals just after the then champions, Brazil. Okocha played in three FIFA World Cup finals it Nigeria.
Kanu ‘Papilo’ midweek the 1994 World Cup, but was the skipper in the Under 23 team that won the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta ’96. Kanu was also a part if the team that emerged runner-up in AFCON 2000.
Tijani Babangida was an alternate player for the squad at the 1994 FIFA World Cup but was very much active in the semifinals at France ’98 where he scored Nigeria’s only goal conquering Denmark. He is also currently the President of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF).
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