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Kanu: SA Players Lack Ambition

Super Eagles legend, Nkwankwo Kanu, says that Nigerian players never aspire to stay in Nigeria and are always aiming for Europe.

Speaking in issue 873 of Soccer Laduma the 37-year-old explained that he feels some South African players are in a comfort zone in Mzansi, and that that could be why Bafana Bafana struggles on the international stage.

Speaking to Soccer Laduma, Kanu said, “I believe South African players tend to do more when playing for their clubs than for the national team. I think the players are maybe too comfortable when they are in South Africa playing for their clubs. They’re maybe in a comfort zone.

“Every player needs to have this dream of conquering the world, not just where they come from. When they have that mentality of wanting to go out there and do something in a different place to where they are, when they follow their dreams to be the best in the world, then I think you may see South Africa start producing more players.

No player in Nigeria wants to end up playing their soccer in the (Nigerian) league. Every player that you see there… Even me when I started… Our dream is to play in Europe to play with the best in the world. Our dream is not to stay there (in Nigeria). We are not happy to stay there (Nigeria) and be comfortable because they give us what we want, because we are not mixing with the best in the world. You want to mix with the best in the world to know how good you are.”

To read the full interview with Kanu, as well as chats with Helder Pelembe, Rama Mphahlele and Erick Mathoho, get the latest copy of Soccer Laduma on shelves now.

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