As the death anniversaries of two prominent Super Eaglesâ€™ figures, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shaibu fall within the week of the potentially explosive Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with South Africa, many former internationals are urging the Super Eagles to win well to mark the anniversaries.
Keshi’s anniversary is three days to the match while the match day marks the first anniversary of Shaibu, a former three-time coach of the team.
In separate interviews with Sports Village Square, the former international players were united in their advice.
Etim Esin, a stocky and power driven player in his days in Flying Eagles and Super Eagles remarked:
â€œIt will be disastrous if the Eagles fail to win the game. At least they should be able to do that in honouring late Keshi and Amodu whose memorial date falls on match day.â€
Turkey- based former Nigerian skipper, Uche Okechukwu responded to Sports Village Square enquiries by saying: â€œKeshi and Amodu should forever be remembered by all Nigerian footballers.
â€œI will be happy seeing the Super Eagles dedicating more goals to the two legends in their match that coincide with the memorial of the two great Nigerian football figures.â€
Mutiu Adepoju in Ibadan remarked that he would be happy seeing Eagles scoring more goals like ever before for the sake of late Keshi and Amodu.
Others like Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu and Ben Iroha all spoke in similar vein, urging the Super Eagles to go all out to win convincingly against South Africa as a way of marking the memorials of the two great icons.