“Don’t worry about loss against USA”
A former handler of the U-20, U-23 and the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Augustin Eguavoen, has predicted that the team would get to the quarter finals of the World Cup, Brazil 2014.
The 48-year-old former international, in a chat after the Super Eagles World Cup friendly warm up against USA Saturday, said that coach Stephen Keshi’s boys will make it out of the group stage.
“Well, this team will get to the quarter final. The boys know we have to beat Iran and we have to win them else we will be walking a tight rope. Nigeria is a country a lot of people respect (in football) and that’s an advantage for us,” he said in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES.
Eguavoen, who as a player represented the Super Eagles from 1986 to 1998, has urged Nigerians not to be afraid and also not to judge the World Cup bound team based on its performance against USA.
“Don’t worry about yesterday’s game. Starting from June 12 everybody will come out with a cliff game plan because that’s the time everybody is very vital. (The team) is strong enough to go past the quarter finals,” he said.
Assessing the swap of the injured defender, Elderson Echiejile, for Uzoenyi Ejike, an attacking midfielder, the coach asserted that there was nothing wrong with that technically.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I think bringing Uzoenyi is not a bad idea because we have a lot of holding midfielders who can compete in the competition. Reuben can move to the right back; no problem in that at all.
“Critically if you operate some games, you might want to play with three defenders. It can be 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 then you don’t need a back forward so I don’t think it will have any effect, it is quite a pity Echiejile is out,” he explained to PREMIUM TIMES.
Nigeria will play their first match at the World Cup against Iran, then Bosnia and Argentina in the Group F of Brazil 2014.
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