Former Nigerian international Nduka Ugbade says the Super Eagles are the team to beat at the ongoing 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.
The Super Eagles defeated Sierra Leone 2-0 in their first match of the tournament thanks to two goals from Moses Okoro and Moses Peter at Cape Coast Stadium on Monday.
Ugbade feels that Nigeria’s recent performance in their 4-0 victory over Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo was enough boost to the Super Eagles squad at the WAFU Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles home-based team have now progressed into the group stage of the 2017 WAFU Cup taking place in Ghana after they beat Sierra Leone 2-0 on Monday night in Cape Coast.
With the victory, Nigeria will now take on hosts Ghana in a Group A clash on Thursday before taking on Mali and Guinea who are the other teams in their group.
After a keen contest with the Leone Stars, Osas Okoro broke the deadlock; scoring in the 84th minute before debutant Peter Eneji sealed victory three minutes after.
The Leone Stars started the game on the front foot but were denied by the heroics of Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
“Defeating Cameroon in Nigeria 4-0 and drawing them 1-1 in Yaoundé is enough boost for the team, it shows the team is good,” Ugbade said on Vanguardngr.com.
“Again, such a feat is capable of putting fear in any of the teams in West Africa because everyone knows the strength of Cameroon in football.”
The Super Eagles have qualified for the tournament’s group stage contest that will see eight teams divided into two groups of four teams.
Nigeria won the 2010 WAFU Cup of Nations title as tournament hosts. They defeated Senegal 2-0 in the final at the MKO Abiola Stadium.