Eagles Will Retire Drogba,Says Kalu

Names do not play ,former governor   Abia state .Orji Uzor Kalu told the Super Eagles as they prepare battle Cote D’Ivoire in Sunday’s Nations Cup quarter-finals.

In his message,Kalu said,”The Elephants are beatable.Big names like Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure did not stop Zambia lifting the trophy in 2012.Diego Maradona and Argentina were floored by Cameroun,even as defending champions the Italia’90 World Cup.Eagles also showed their stuff in France when they damaged pre-tournament favourites Spain beyond recognition in 1998.That the last we heard Andoni Zubizaretta and the beginning the end for Raul.Mark my words,Drogba would bite his nails the end the clash.”

The ex-governor in his usual historical analysis explained that anytime Nigeria played defending champions in the first round,they stayed until the end of the competition, and also returned with a medal.

“That is the story since 1976 when the Eagles played Zaire,1974 African champions.It also happened in 1984, with 1982 winners in the same Bouake group.Same story in 1988,cup holders Egypt were in Eagles’ group,just like what happened again in 2010 when defending champions Egypt met the Eagles in the first round.In 2013,it Zambia.So there is no stopping the tradition,”he pronounced.

And until Egypt thrashed Nigeria 3-1 in Angola, no defending champions ever beat the Eagles.Zaire in 1976, in 1984,Egypt in 1988,Cote D’Ivore in 1994,Cameroun in 2004 and Tunisia in 2006.This year,Zambians should thank the Egyptian referee for picking a draw.Kalu goes ahead talk of  history.

“Defending champions come with luck. see that even when Egypt stained that record in 2010,Nigeria still went win bronze.Quote me,anytime Eagles met defending champions,they got a medal the end. saw the game with Zambia.The Ivorians are going to be hit with bad news,”he added.

Kalu bid the Chipolopolo bye mockingly.”Payback , know.As defending champions Nigeria were knocked out of the first round Libya ’82.Eagles were in the same group as Zambia and Ethiopia.Infact,it the last group match that guranteed Zambia’s qualification. Then they were all smiles,while Nigerians cried.Tuesday joy changed sides.Victor Moses refused to set Zambia free.”


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