Abuja - Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie on Thursday in Lagos advised the team’s head coach, Stephen Keshi, to strengthen its defence ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Akpoborie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Eagles would perform well at the 2014 World Cup finals if the coach worked on the team’s lapses.
He said Keshi’s performance as Eagles coach so far was an indication that he possessed the ability to rectify the team’s lapses.
"If we prepare well, I do think we will do well. But then again, everybody knows our defence is in disarray at the moment.
"I think the coach knows exactly what the problem is, and he has enough time to work on it. We are hoping to see changes, if necessary.
"And I believe he has enough time to rectify whatever problem the team has.
"So, it’s something that you know. We have to give him the opportunity to actually prove to us, Nigerians, that he’s 'the real deal,'" the former striker of VfB Stuttgart of Germany said.
He also appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to give Keshi all the necessary support he would need to succeed at the competition.