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Eagles’ CHAN success credited to NPL

06 February 2014, 18:06

Lagos - Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Ben Alaiya has said the team’s performance in the recently concluded Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) was a credit to the nation’s domestic league.

Alaiya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the players proved that they were as good as or even better than their contemporaries in other notable football nations in Africa.

Nigeria finished third at the tournament which was their maiden appearance.

The media officer added that if more funds were pumped into the league by investors, the incidence of players travelling abroad to ply their trade would be reduced to the barest minimum.

“The performance of the home-based Super Eagles at CHAN was very phenomenal and revealing, because if you check the players, about 60 per cent of them have not gone for international competitions”.

“Initially, they were a bit jittery but once they got a hang of the tournament they showed their talent which was very resourceful. It showed the number of raw talent that could be harnessed in the local league if more attention and investment can be put into it,’’ Alaiya said.

According to him, the home-based Eagles exceeded his expectations even though they did not win the trophy.


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