Super Eagles In Brazil,Any Hope?
The Super eagles is on a mission! A honourable and exciting one at that. A mission to put Nigeria back where it belongs as one of the top nations in the world of soccer in the country of football, Brazil. The much anticipated World cup 2014 is at hand!
The super eagles’ last victory at the world cup dates back to 16 years ago as we beat Bulgaria 1-0 to top the group in France 1998 and a victory come next week as we open our 2014 world cup account Vs. Iran could just be the desperately needed momentum Nigeria needs to be on route to Glory!
This current super Eagles team has a lot to be proud of, for starters it is defending African Champions, qualified to the 2014 finals with relatively little stress.
There are 209 Footballing Nations in the world and as at today the super eagles is one of the best 32 by virtue of its presence in Brazil!
For the first time in a long time Nigeria is going into the world cup with the Coach that qualified them to the world cup in Stephen Keshi and that is a rare but commendable feat for mother Nigeria as it tows “the continuity for progress” line!
however all is not done and dusted and should the Super Eagles not take certain important measures now and urgently it could be travelling towards very painful results.
Group F hosts Argentina, Iran ,Bosnia and Herzegovina and The Super Eagles. Many have concluded that Qualification to the knockout stage is not an issue worth deliberating but rather if we will top the group or not!
If you are one of those, then please wake up from your day dreaming as the Super Eagles has to earn it’s qualification by Sheer hard work and dedication!
What do they need to do to qualify I heard you ask?
First and Foremost from all technical indications and the preparations I have seen most of the other teams in group F do, the super eagles have to play with a very compact game plan most especially when not in possession.
Humility and Feet on the Ground! The greatest error would be to think that Iran is a pushover. A look at how they qualified, whom their Coach is (Carlos Queiroz of the Manchester United, Real Madrid,Portugal Africa fame) should warn even the least enlightened amongst us.
Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only debutants in the world cup this Time around as a nation! But remember that this is a nation carved out of the former Yugoslavia of great players and a National team well respected worldwide prior to division.
Bosnia boasts of World class individual players who currently ply their trade in clubs better rated than the ones played by most of our super Eagles players. Meaning? We must go into the 2nd game Vs Bosnia with an underdog attitude with the aim to modestly come out as winners as opposed to erroneously look down on them before the game.
If we do that, Bosnia might just look down at Nigeria after the final whistle!
Argentina is not invincible.. in as much as this is the best Argentine team formation in over 12 years it is not unbeatable! There is the possibility to come out of this encounter with a positive result. However what positive means come match day depends on the above analysed games as it is the last group game for the Super Eagles and who knows, they might decide to rest “whiz kid” Lionel Messi!
Forget The Past.. This is not the moment to continue with distractions about what players should have been in Brazil or not. Or worry about results from friendly games which are meant to prepare the team and know where they stand etc Any smart human being knows that you do not cry over spilt milk, but if the floor it is spilt on is not so dirty, you could just lick it up and make the best of an unfortunate situation.
The super eagles have to be united and play as a team, if one player thinks of his personal ego as against that of the team, it could mean elimination.
From the above it is clear that all what we need do or not do is mental. Why? This is because I honestly believe that as far as the quality of the players goes do believe in the capabilities of Our super Eagles players and if they play at their best as they graced us with on that faithful day, when they took apart the multi talented Ivory coast team in south Africa in 2013,the sky could be the limit.