Uche begs for time for new Eagles

Spain-based striker Ikechukwu Uche has said Nigeria will shine at the 2013 Nations Cup if the new team have enough time to prepare.

Uche has therefore demanded for adequate preparation for the Eagles ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Uche, who has lately averaged a goal-a-game for Nigeria, noted that the present crop of Eagles players needs more time together so as to play as a team.

“ItÔÇÖs one thing for us to qualify and another for us to have a good showing at the tournament. We need time for early preparation because this is a new team and we need time to understand ourselves very well,” said the Villarreal striker, who came off the bench to score against Liberia in an AFCON qualifier in Calabar.

“But I am confident that we would have a wonderful tournament in South Africa.”

Meanwhile, coach Stephen Keshi has arrived South Africa for the AFCON draw.

The Eagles coach is in South Africa with team secretary Dayo Enebi and chairman NFF technical committee, Chris Green.

The officials, according to a top NFF official, “would outside attending the draw touch on other things the team need for a successful outing at the Nations Cup”.

The AFCON draw will take place on Wednesday night in Durban, South Africa.