What I told Super Eagles players about today’s Iceland match — Segun Odegbami

Segun Odegbami addressing the Super Eagles in Russia) Photo Credit: Segun Odegbami's Facebook Page
Segun Odegbami addressing the Super Eagles in Russia) Photo Credit: Segun Odegbami's Facebook Page

Former Super Eagles Captain, Segun Odegbami, on Thursday met with members of the senior national team at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.

Shortly after the meeting, Mr. Odegbami updated his Facebook Page, giving details of what he told the players about handling their next opponent, Iceland, and how they can qualify from their group despite the setback they suffered in their first match with Croatia.

Read the ex-footballer’s full post below.

“I am in Volgograd. I have just finished watching the final chapter of an unfolding drama in Group D of the World Cup. It is curtains for Argentina, because I do not see how they will survive their last match against Nigeria.

“It was a rare privilege earlier this evening when, at the instance of Amaju Pinnick, I was given the rare privilege to address members of the Super Eagles at their dinner table, the only person to do so on the eve of their greatest challenge when they confront the Vikings of Iceland with all the pent up ‘anger’, energy, determination and motivation from the Croatian match.

“It was a spirit lifting meeting that we had. I simply reminded them of their responsibility to ensure that they displayed the full version of the Nigerian do-or-die spirit.

“I reminded them also about their responsibility to the ordinary Nigerian on the street that is with them unconditionally for as long as they give their best.

“I reminded them of their assured place in history if they could rise above the disappointment of their first match, win tomorrow and convert this moment of their greatest challenge into the moment of their greatest triumph.

“I gave them the good wishes of all Nigerians and prayed with them for favour from the elements. It was a small contribution to their already bulging enthusiasm and confidence. I saw their spirit. They will fight like they have never fought before.

“When we parted to go and watch the Argentinian match on TV, both my Head and my Heart were in synch about expectations tomorrow – Iceland are in trouble.”

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