–Former Nigeria coach says Eagles shouldn’t underrate any team
By Sab Osuji:
Former CAF/FIFA Technical Instructor, Adegboye Onigbinde has posited that only adequate preparation can see the Super Eagles through in the qualification race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Gabon.
Onigbinde who guided the Green Eagles to a silver medal finish at the 1984 edition of the continental showpiece in Ivory Coast was reacting to the draws made by CAFWednesday afternoon which saw three time winners, Nigeria logged in pool G alongside five time champions, Egypt, Tanzania and Chad.
“My philosophy has always been to fear any team that will field 12 players as against my own 11”, starts Onigbinde.
“Otherwise, for as long as we have 11 players on each side, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.
“I don’t believe any group is tough or weak. It’s all about preparation, if you prepare very well, then victory is bound to come.
“The Super Eagles need to prepare well, they must ensure adequate and proper preparation if they must overcome other teams in the group, Egypt or no Egypt.
“How well you prepare, the pattern you play, system you adopt and strategy all combine to determine the result you get.”
Super Eagle will get their campaign underway with Chad in the opening group G game in June.
Onigbinde assesses Super Eagles chances in the group.
“Egypt have won the tournament five times, this underscores their strenght. When I was coach of the Eagles, I played a draw with them in Kano.
“At the Nations Cup in Ivory Coast, we dreww 2-2 in the semis but we won on penalty kicks.
So, like I said earlier, it depends on how the team prepares.
“Tanzania has not been consistent in recent time. But I must tell you, they have a far better development programme than us.
“As FIFA Technical Instructor, I’ve conducted several technical programmes there, about three times. We must not underrate them”, Onigbinde warned.