Adegoke Adelabu was a member of the then Green Eagles team that was humiliated 3-0 by the then KK Eleven of Zambia in the group stage at Libya ‘82 African Cup of Nations. It was the 13th edition of the championship and many Nigerians were expecting another memorable outing for the Eagles, after winning the 12th edition two years earlier in Lagos. But it was not to be, as the team crashed out in the group stage, losing 1-2 to Algeria before falling 0-3 to a rampaging Zambian team at the Benghazi Stadium.
Though, the Eagles were able to cage the Zambians at Algiers ‘90 and Tunisia ’94 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning 2-0 and 2-1 respectively, Adelabu believes the Chipolopolo’s journey to Uyo on October 7 is something that should be of great concern to many football-loving Nigerians. He sees the Zambians as dangerous customers any day.
Speaking with The Guardian during the week, Adelabu, a member of the then all-conquering IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan said that though the Eagles have what it takes to stop the Chipolopolo, but counselled the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), coach Gernot Rohr and the players to give the tie the seriousness it deserves. Read more