Eagles' opener key to glory
Former Sunshine Stars' goalkeeper coach, Segun Oguns has said the Super Eagles' opening match against the Stallions of Burkina Faso is key to the height they will climb at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.
The Eagles will open their Africa Cup of Nations account against West African foes, Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Monday.
Oguns said Burkina Faso are a decent side but that individual skills will swing the encounter in Nigeria's favour.
"We pray the Eagles start well from the beginning as they will peak as game progresses and the sky will be the starting point.
"No team in South Africa is 100% perfect, no balanced team at the moment the same as Nigeria.
"Nigeria have a bright chance against Burkina Faso, they're physical and play decent football but skill for skill we're better.
"I see Nigeria riding over Burkina Faso and that will propel them to the next match. Though there are no minnows in football, Nigeria remain super power in Africa," said the former Nigerian goalkeeper to supersport.com.
Against Cup holders, Zambia, Oguns said the Southern Africa state will meet a different team in South Africa.
"You must give them respect as African champions, they came to Gabon and Equatorial Guinea with rookies and won. It will be a different terrain in SA 2013.
"The Zambians that won the last game have not changed drastically but they will have their hands full against Nigeria. We'll beat Zambia," he said.
The former Warri Wolves goalkeeper trainer said Afcon 2013 title will be won by the team that make the least mistakes.
"Football is a game of mistakes, and the team that make less mistake will win. So I believe our team will make less error.
"Every team have its strength and weakness, the power or porousness of team's midfield and attack determine its defence.
"The Eagles didn't concede many goals during their pre-Afcon matches which means their defence is intact.
"No team is perfect, as some departments cover up for others. Let's pray and wish Eagles well at SA 2013," he said.