Nigerian legend, Kanu Nwankwo has called on the Super Eagles not to underrate the Squirrels of Benin when they clash in a 2021 AFCON qualifier next month, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former African Footballer of the Year, who now acts in ambassadorial capacity for the Eagles, urged the team to maintain a high standard against their West African neighbours as big names no longer dictate the result of games on the continent.
“At the last Nations Cup in Egypt, the team set a standard by reaching the semifinals, so I believe that should be a motivational point for them when they begin the qualifiers against Benin.
“Playing for Nigeria isn’t the same as playing for your clubs. If they give 100% on club duties, they will have to top it and give 100% playing for Nigeria because wearing the green and white jersey comes with a lot of pressure,” Kanu said.
Nigeria hosts the first leg in November and will hope to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing 2-0 loss it suffered to South Africa on opening day of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in Uyo.