Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha says he’s optimistic Nigeria will qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The team, which sit second, just four points behind group leaders, Egypt who have six points, would be faced with the task of overcoming the Pharaohs in a double-header match schedule for March 23 and 27 respectively, considering the fact that only one team will qualify for the bi-annual tournament.
“In regards to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, I believe that the Super Eagles can qualify but we have to do our homework to achieve this. We have to accept first of all that we are no longer who we used to be. We have to humble ourselves and realize that we are starting afresh. Once we accept our fate at the moment I think we will qualify,” Okocha said.
Meanwhile, Okocha has advised the Nigerian Football Federation not to judge team’s coach, Sunday Oliseh with the performance of his team at the forthcoming, African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The tournament which kicked-off this weekend in Kigali, Rwanda, will be Nigeria’s second appearance at the championship and Oliseh will be hoping his stewards can make him proud.