Yusuf, Owolabi differ on Eagles’ World Cup chance

By on February 8, 2017
  Super Eagles’ Chief Coach Salisu Yusuf and a former Green Eagles player, Felix Owolabi have expressed different views regarding Nigeria’s chances in the qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Yusuf and Owolabi’s analysis are the latest among variety of comments that have trailed Cameroon’s Nations Cup triumph considering the battle is now largely between the East Africans and Nigeria for the ticket to Russia. While Yusuf believes that the Super Eagles have an edge over the reigning African champions in August’s double header World Cup qualifier because Nigeria possesses more intelligent players, Owolabi on his part says Cameroon have all the elements of a good side. Yusuf in a chat with Daily Trust yesterday noted that whenever ‘brains’, which according to the former Enyimba boss symbolises Gernot Rohr’s team plays and physical side (Indomitable Lions in his case), the former always come out on top. “We will not be scared just because they have won the Nations Cup. I strongly believe we have more brains while everyone knows Cameroon is more about physical presence, at the end, brains always win,” Yusuf noted. He went on to single out skipper Benjamin Moukondjo as the player Nigeria have to watch out for when the two sides clash, citing the AFCON final Man of The Match winner as a special player. On his part, Owolabi told newsmen that the Indomitable Lions had all the elements of what a standard team should have. “There are many lessons to learn from Cameroon’s victory, and this has to do with the attitude of the players, there was no dull player among the team. “A typical Cameroon player wants to die for his country when having their jersey on, we need such patriotism from our players, money should stop distracting us,” Owolabi said.