By James Agberebi: Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has claimed that the Super Eagles squad to the USA 1994 World Cup were not fazed about who they got in the group stage, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
After qualifying for the World Cup for the first time at the 1994 edition in USA, the Super Eagles were drawn in Group D with Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece who also made their debut.
The Eagles eventually topped the group on six points and qualified for round of 16, after wins against Bulgaria and Greece, while losing to Argentina.
Reminiscing on what the mood was like for the Super Eagles players back then prior to the USA 1994 World Cup draw, Adepoju stated that they were ready to face any country.
“We never had any problem or anxiety over which team we were to be drawn with,” Adepoju, who played in all the group games and the round of 16 clash against Italy at USA 1994 World Cup, told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“After qualifying for the first time for the World Cup, we just wanted to go there and have a good experience . We were not thinking of who to meet, we just wanted to go there, make Nigeria and Africa proud.”
Adepoju, who was also in the Eagles squad to France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002 World Cups, added: “Even after the 1994 World Cup draw where we eventually got Argentina, we didn’t feel anything. Knowing that we would face them with Maradona, that also didn’t put fear in us. We just wanted the World Cup to start so that we could show the world what we could do.”