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The number one citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), President Muhammadu Buhari turned out to be the prime analyst in the nation, describing the Super Eagles’ qualification, as an Independence Anniversary’s gift for football fans and Nigerians generally.

As if that was not enough, the number four citizen Hon. Yakubu Dogara also said that the Russia 2018 World Cup ticket is another attestation of Nigeria’s greatness in Africa. These words coming from our leaders are indications that we are all fans of the Super Eagles, from the first, down to the least particularly now that we are still in the euphoria of the World Cup qualification.

The problem on ground now is the loss of form which fatigue can cause. Nigeria qualified for Russia 2018 over Zambia in Uyo with an unassailable six point lead after five matches in group the match; one could see the needed fighting spirit in the present Super Eagles, making them to stop at nothing, except success. The way they played in the game, showed an uncommon commitment to make the country proud.

The match against Zambia in Uyo is the most difficult in the series of matches played by the Super Eagles so far in the World Cup qualifier, as the match was tension soaked. However, looking at it critically, one can see a determined Super Eagles and a team who fears no foe in its quest for great height.

Nigeria qualified for the first time in USA 1994, repeating the feat in France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002. Thinking that it was a tradition, Angola proved a point and stopped the African giant from participating in Germany 2006. After the break, the Super Eagles staged a comeback in to the scene in South Africa and since then, it has been automatic again as no team is not enough Angola.

With the qualification and the manner in which we qualified, what I see to this is that, Nigeria is no more the sleeping giant but the giant in us is unveiling for the world to see. We are the first in Africa to qualify with others joining us shortly after. We are now setting the pace while others, follow.

The hurdles of qualifiers is now gone and the countdown to the mundial has started, the preparation for it must now begin. The squad is strong and can challenge any team in the world, but this is not the first time we would be having a strong squad and having it so weak in another two or three months.

It is normal at this stage that consistency matters and the team should be kept together and activities and programmes which allow for more bonding should be put in place, yet this cannot prevent loss of form and injuries.
In 2013, we won the Nations Cup and took the same squad to the FIFA Confederations Cup. The performance was not too bad, but the players we were all looking up to, to deliver, goofed.

This is an African scene, World Cup is a different ball game, Nigeria must act and rise to the challenge, the coaching crew and the NFF must do their best in scouting for players all over the world to sustain the formidability of the team.

Quality replacement must be made available at every department; this will help in terms of injury and also bring about competition, so that no player will see himself as a regular and this will charge the starting eleven to do more for the team.

According to the Coach, Gernot Rohr, Moses will be the joker of the Super Eagles in Russia, and in an EPL match involving Chelsea and Crystal Palace, last week, Moses sustained a hamstring injury, this is a warning to Nigeria that anything could happen prior to the World Cup and we must put all measures in place.

Tammy Abraham got a brace while some other Nigeria players undiscovered and uninvited also did well over the weekend. We must invite these players for trials and see those that are ready and have what it takes to don the National color.

We also need mental and physical strength to succeed, but with the German gaffer in charge, I think the foreign tactics will help put the team together both physically and mentally. Winning medals in the World Cup is attainable, with good preparation, coupled with the good players already on ground and a bit of luck; I think we can do it.
This Eagles is super but… Reviewed by Unknown on October 18, 2017 Rating: 5

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