FINIDI PREDICTS TOUGHER TIMES FOR EAGLES
Former Nigeria international, Finidi George believes 2013 will be even more difficult for the Super Eagles 'unless we begin to do things in the right way'.
The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea following a disappointing 2-2 draw with Guinea's Syli Stars in their final qualifying game for the tournament.
Finidi warned that new coach, Stephen Keshi must begin to put things in perspective, otherwise the Eagles will still follow the path of failure.
'The players and coaches have a big work ahead of them and they have to work really hard to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
'They would have to work even harder if they are to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil because things are not looking rosy,' Finidi said.
Speaking further on the dwindling performances of the Nigeria senior national team in 2011, Finidi said a lot would have to change for the fortunes of the side to change in 2012.
'I do hope we qualify for both tournaments but things will continue the way they are unless we begin to do things in the right way.
'The way we go about (organizing) football in this country is not right but I keep my fingers crossed and hope that we qualify for both tournaments,' Finidi said.
The 40 year old Finidi played for Calabar Rovers, Sharks, Ajax Amsterdam, Real Betis, Mallorca and Ipswich Town.
He won 62 caps for the Nigeria national team between 1991 and 2002 scoring 6 goals.