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Akpoborie plays down Nigeria hopes

Created on 19 Dec., 2012 9:25 AM GMT

Former Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie says his country can only win the Africa Cup of Nations with luck on their side.

Akpoborie believes that Stephen Keshi's side are not ripe enough to win the trophy because the squad is just evolving.

He told reporters that he is not a pessimist, but is merely stating the obvious so that Nigerians will not expect too much from the players.

"Stephen Keshi has done well. The players have responded to training and have shown enough commitment," Akpoborie said.

"There is a new playing culture in the team where the players are not sure of their positions again. The atmosphere is good for the team, but re-building a team takes more than two years to begin to see the benefits.

"We have good players that are ready to write their names in gold, but the Nations Cup might be coming too soon for them.

 "For the Super Eagles to make it in South Africa, they will need a lot of luck. The atmosphere must be right for them at all times in every match.

"Without luck I don't see Nigeria laying their hands on the trophy. And for you to have the luck, you must train and prepare very well.

"You don't just sit down and expect that luck will shine on you. You must do your part by preparing very well.

"I think the team is preparing well and what they now need is for luck to come their way in the tournament."

Nigeria will play in Group C alongside Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

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