(By Clement Ogunbajo)
The Super Eagles of Nigeria surprised the whole country by being the first African team to qualify for the World Cup and leaving the group dubbed “the group of death” unscathed and unbeaten. This achievement sparked a sudden sense of believe among their supporters that they might just be ready to take on any team under the guidance of German talisman Gernat Rohr.
With less than 80 days left before Russia hosts 32 different countries for the FIFA World Cup, we can’t just but wonder if the Super Eagles are ready to qualify past the group stage consisting Argentina, Iceland and Croatia .
The NFF have made all possible proceedings to make #Russia2018 a smooth ride for the Eagles by organizing 5 high profile games against the likes of Poland, Serbia, Czech and England, getting new sponsors, launching of New Jersey among other things. Meaning all that is left to see is if the Eagles themselves are ready in terms of playing style.
Sadly, the answer is NO. The Super Eagles style of play was under massive scrutiny in the two friendly games they played creating close to nothing in both games even though they won the Poland match thanks to the individual brilliance of Victor Moses. They might be missing captain John Obi Mikel influence in the middle of the park but that is no valid excuse for such poor showing.
The spirit & believe of the fans are high, the preparation appears spot on but the most important and essential ingredient needed to announce ourselves to the World seems to be lacking and that is our style of play. We won’t stand a chance against the likes of Argentina and Croatia playing such shambles and toothless football. We might have started preparation for Russia but one thing is vivid and that is, “the Super Eagles are far from ready”.