Brazil 2014: Ike Shorunmu pledges adequate preparation for Eagles

Nigeria is in Group F of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The Super Eagles Goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, on Friday spoke on the chances of Nigeria making it out from Group F of the Brazil 2014 World Cup which also houses two –time champions, Argentina, alongside Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Shorunmu, whose heroics in goal for Nigeria in the opening game against Argentina a little over a decade ago at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup was inadequate to escape defeat, said the Eagles will not treat with kid gloves names like Iran and Bosnia who will be preliminary opponents of the African champions.

“I cannot predict that Nigeria will make it out from the Group because I am not a soothsayer but I can assure you that we are going to prepare very well for all the teams; we will not be looking at names say Iran or Bosnia,” Shorunmu stated while reacting to Friday’s draws.

Also, Felix Owolabi, a former Super Eagles (then called Green Eagles) player, called on the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to ensure early preparations as the country’s Group F was both interesting and challenging.

He suggested that the association should endeavour to organise friendly games for the team against Asian and Latin American teams.

“This will help them to have a feel of the Eagles’ opponents in the group stage,’’ the former left wing forward said.

A former Enugu Rangers player, Dominic Nwobodo, also cautioned the Eagles against complacency.

“Although we have a fair Group F, but the Super Eagles should not underrate Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. But I believe that we are going to qualify from that group.

“We should, however, not forget that Argentina had been a thorn in our flesh in competitions of this nature,’’ Nwobodo said.

He added that “I believe that Nigeria can come out tops ahead of Argentina.”

The Super Eagles’ first match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will take place on Monday, June 16, 2014at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba which has a capacity of about 43,981.

The Coach Stephen Keshi tutored side will have ‘green horns’ Bosnia for their second group game before a date with perennial World Cup foes Argentina.

By and large, a good start against Iran and doing the needful against Bosnia should see the Eagles navigate their way from Group F and wait for the bigger challenges ahead as they target an historic outing in Brazil.


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