Sports Kanu Nwankwo backs Nigeria to beat South Africa

Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi has vowed that his side are on track to ensuring that they qualify for the AFCON championship in Morocco in 2015 by defeating South Africa on Wednesday night.

The Eagles lost 2-3 to DR Congo in Calabar on Saturday subjecting them to the second home loss since 1982.

“We must put back our qualification on track in Cape Town on Wednesday and I know all hopes are not lost. We have lost (against Congo) and it is all part of the game. t will be a good lesson for the players when we go to South Africa."

Also, former national team skipper Kanu Nwakwo has backed the team to bounce back when they clash against South Africa in Cape Town later today.

Papilo explained that the defeat was shocking, and the team has moved on.

“The defeat is difficult to take but that is football, we have to accept it and move forward,” stated the two-time African Footballer of the Year.

“What is important now is to go to South Africa and win; if we want to qualify (for Morocco 2015) we have to beat South Africa home and away, and the same thing apply to Sudan. We can still go to Congo and beat them.”

He noted that the leadership tussle at the Nigeria Football Federation may have taken a toll on the national team and has called for a truce.

“When there is no unity in the football house, players are bound to be affected and that was exactly what happened to the boys today.”

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