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Eguavoen: Top World Cup Teams Are Scared Of Drawing Super Eagles

Eguavoen: Top World Cup Teams Are Scared Of Drawing Super Eagles

By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Former Nigeria coach Austin Eguavoen has told Complete Sports that big countries are scared of the Super Eagles ahead of the FIFA World Cup draw coming up on Friday in Moscow, Russia.

Eguavoen who led the Super Eagles to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt said the exploits of Nigeria during the qualifiers have reawakened interest in the coach Gernot Rohr-led team.

Nigeria finished the qualifiers unbeaten and was the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after their 1-0 win over Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo in October.

“I think we should just focus on a good draw because I have read many reports suggesting that Nigeria is likely to play some big names and that has caused a kind of panic to some people. But I want to tell you today that some of these big name teams are scared of the Super Eagles,” Eguavoen, who represented Nigeria at the country’s first World Cup in 1994, told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“Being the first African country to qualify for the World Cup and playing all the qualifying matches without a single defeat showed that we have a good team and that has reawakened the interest of other countries in Nigeria.

“As I speak with you, I am sure some coaches will be saying they don’t want to play Nigeria in the first round but as a coach, I believe preparation is key to any opponent you want to play.

“The boys and the coaches need the best of support they can get from the NFF, government, journalists and supporters.
“My prayer is for the Super Eagles to be in the group that will be easy for them to qualify.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 9
  • @Eguavoen, the way you think teams will be shaky-shaky not to meet us, we are also shaky-shaky not to meet some teams. There was a guy in warri who phone in to a radio program. His team he wants us to meet at the WC in the 1st round are Senegal, Panama and Saudi Arabia. We all laughed because Nigeria is from the same continent and Panama and Saudi Arabia and Nigeria are in the same pot. The point here is the caller wants an easy group. Nigerians want easy group. Apart from Brazil and Germany, I know we will ‘die’ on the field not to be defeated by the other 30 teams. We will gree-die with them. Let tomorrow come @4:00pm our time but by @5:30pm we will be knowing the countries in our group. Whatever it is, we will enjoy the WC. Russia is Nigeria’s in-law.

  • Exactly but that is not a yastick for them to misbehave during the tournament proper

  • No one is afraid of the Super Eagles. It’s better for them to prepare hard so that they will not be caught unaware by other countries.

  • Our boys will do well if are not carried away

  • greenturf 12 months ago

    @djch,why are you pessimistic over our chances against Germany and Brazil?I think What we need to do is to prepare very well and hoping logistics will be taken care of by the football authorities.With that,I think we are ready to go

  • @greenturf, what do you mean by been pessimistic about our chances with Brazil and Germany? Because we are all going to the WC and we forget that Swansea and Man City are not the same but they are in the same league. In your mind you are equating Nigeria with Brazil and Germany? Have you heard of Realism? You have also heard of foolhardiness I guess. Look it up in the dictionary. Will you like to take a pathway or track that an announcement has been made about a lion(not lioness) on that track. I will not. But some foolhardy ones will still want to go through that path. I will prefer to meet Brazil and Germany after the round of 16. If possible in the semi finals. Not in the first round!! I wish Gernot Rohr and his boys an easy draw. How about you @greenturf?

  • No one is afraid of super eagles. They should prepare very well and work very hard.Every team is very strong and hard to beat.