VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Ahmed Musa of Nigeria celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Former Super Eagles’ striker, Julius Aghahowa has urged the current crop of players in the national team to remain consistent for both club and country if they are to finally break Nigeria’s quest for a CAF Player of the Year recognition, reports.
The former Wigan of England forward made this remark after seeing no Nigerian player make it into the final three for the fifth year in a row, insisting that Nigerian players must maintain the same level of performance all through the calendar year.
“As a Nigerian I’m a little bit disappointed because no Nigerian player made the African best player of the year award shortlist but I can also understand the possible reasons. I think it largely depends on where the player is playing and their consistency level.
“So if they can maintain that top performance all year long then hopefully in the future we can begin to see a Nigerian player making it into the final three and possibly winning it,” Aghahowa said.
He further went on to urge Nigerians to back the Super Eagles’ this 2019, especially with the AFCON around the corner.
“Lovers and supporters of Nigerian football are looking forward to the African Cup of Nations. My message to them is that they should all support the team 100 percent,” Aghahowa concluded.