Fenerbahce of Turkey defender, Joseph Yobo, says the Super Eagles have taken a giant stride towards making a fifth appearance at the 2014 Fifa World Cup, but warns his colleagues in the national team against complacency.
The centre-back praised the Super Eagles’ resilience, after the 2-1 victory in Addis Ababa on Sunday and lauded coach Stephen Keshi for his efforts towards transforming the fortunes of the national team.
“I think the Eagles have shown they are worthy champions of Africa. The feat they achieved at the 2013 Afcon was not by happenstance. I am indeed proud to be associated with the crop of dedicated and committed players we now have in the national team.
“No matter what anybody says, Coach Keshi has done a tremendous job of building a team, most Nigerians are now proud. I have been in the national team for over 10 years and should know better. He (Keshi) has molded a team that can be better than the team he captained to our first World Cup appearance in 1994,” said Yobo, the most capped Eagles player.
The centre back further stressed the need for commitment in camp, and praised the efforts made by the Governor Liyel Imoke-led Cross River State Administration for the support he has rendered the national team thus far.
“If I am not there personally to be with the team as their leader, I will be with them in spirit because the team’s success is also mine and that of Nigerians,” the Super Eagles captain added.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also deserves praise for providing the team with all the support that has taken us this far.”