By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Former Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has cautioned the National U-20 Flying Eagles to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand to remain focused and play to the instructions of the coaches while enjoying them to forget their past record at African level and play to qualify from the group stage.
The Gombe United handler who was part of the Super Eagles squad to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States of America told Complete Sports that though the players have proved their qualities at African level, there is a need for them to focus on how to replicate that at the world level.
“I am really impressed with the team Coach Manu Garba is taking to the junior World Cup and the kind of support the FA is giving the team in terms of training away from home. It is a good move and I am sure that it will help them to perform well at the World Cup in New Zealand”, begins the ex-international.
“There is a need for the players to forget their past achievement and focus on how to qualify from the group stage of the World Cup and they can only do this successfully when they play to instructions from the coaches and also ensure they don’t underrate their opponents”, Eguavoen added.
The ex-international however tipped Nigeria and Brazil to qualify from the Group E where they will face the likes of Hungary and North Korea.
“I can see this team qualifying from the group alongside Brazil but they need to work really hard because the teams in the group are not easy but with God on our side, the boys will make it.