Ex-Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu has called on fans to get behind the Super Eagles ahead of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opener against Burundi on Saturday.
Gernot Rohr’s side is set for their first game in Africa’s foremost football competition since 2013 and will take on the Central African team in their opening Group B fixture billed for the Alexandria Stadium.
Kanu helped Nigeria to second-place at the 2000 edition of the AFCON and he is also part of the seven legends selected by CAF as this year’s tournament ambassadors in Egypt.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year tipped the Super Eagles to win the coveted title in Egypt and stressed how Saturday’s victory over the debuting Swallows will boost the team.
“Please pray, support. We need all your support. The three points are very, very important for the first game. The boys are ready, we’re going to win this Cup. Believe and keep supporting,” Kanu said in his Instagram video.
The former Arsenal and Ajax star also left a message for the Super Falcons who will be in action against Germany later in the day for their Women’s World Cup Round of 16 match.
Super Eagles Coach Hopes For Victory Over Burundi
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is hoping for a win against debutants Burundi in order to boost his team’s confidence at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The three-time African champions will lock horns against the Central African nation for the first time in an international outing, in their Group B opener at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.
Burundi are one of the two debuting nations in Group B, alongside Madagascar, and Rohr stated that his team will be looking to make a statement in the group with the result.
“Beating Burundi in the first game will help stabilise the team,” Rohr said in his pre-match press conference.
“But we are aware that at this point every team wants to establish its supremacy in the first game and so Burundi will not be an easy task. We are ready to face any opponent in Egypt.
“My major target now is to get the team to work as a unit and be psychologically prepared to win the first game against Burundi.
“Winning the first game is very important for the Eagles because it would instil more confidence in the players.”