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Ex-Eagles striker tips Nigeria for AFCON title, Galatasaray renew Etebo interest

Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo (8) vies with Argentina super star Lionel Messi (10) during the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg on June 25, 2018
Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo (8) vies with Argentina super star Lionel Messi (10) during the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D match at Saint Petersburg on June 25, 2018

A former Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland) and retired Nigeria striker Eddy Dombraye believes the Super Eagles will be unstoppable at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt this summer and the players will not take their opponents for granted despite being pooled in a relatively easy group.

The draw for the tournament was held on April 12 with Nigeria in Group B with Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar.

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Dombraye who had playing stints in Poland and Serbia spoke with allnigeriasoccer.com.

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“I don’t think being in the so called easy group will affect the players because the players themselves know that you can’t underrate teams these days, they are professionals and they know what to do.

“I also think these players will surprise a lot of us in Egypt at the Nations Cup.

“After some negative criticisms on social media, some might be playing their last Nations Cup and some their first, I think there will be hunger to succeed during the AFCON.

“The only team that can stop us before the finals is the Super Eagles,” the forward who was in Nigeria’s U20 squad to the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted by Nigeria concluded.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray have reignited their interest in Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo.

As exclusively reported by allnigeriasoccer.com two years ago, Galatasaray had explored the possibility of signing the versatile midfielder but an agreement was not reached before he made an under-the-radar transfer to Stoke City the following year.

Galatasaray are in the market for a midfielder as Badou Ndiaye’s loan deal runs out at the end of the season and The Potters are unwilling to loan him out again to the Istanbul club, according to Turkish newspaper Aksam.

Etebo is now represented by Wiliam D’Avila who holds close ties ties to Galatasaray, having brokered the deal that took Henry Onyekuru from Everton to the Super Lig side in the summer of 2018.

D’Avila, who also manages the affairs of Ndiaye, has informed the powers that be at The Lions that he can help them land Etebo on a loan deal.

It is claimed that the Stoke City number 8 is interested in joining Galatasaray and the Turkish club will send their scouts to England to monitor the Nigerian until the end of the season ahead of a potential bid.

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