February 28, 2024

Former Coach of the Super Eagles, Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde, has said that the Super Eagles would only soar at the Russia 2018 World Cup based on the level of preparations it made.

He therefore, urged the team and its handlers to cast aside permutations and calculations about their opponents and get to work fast.

The Eagles were on Friday drawn in Group D with old rivals, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland during the draw held at the Kremlin Palace, Moscow on Friday,

Onigbinde said the nation should concentrate on preparing well rather than relying on permutation for the team’s matches in the group.

“What is going to happen during the World Cup will now depend on our opponents and how prepared we are. That is why we should forget about calculation on our opponents’ strength. Statistics do not play football and will never win matches.

“In 2002, France came to World Cup as the defending champion and in their first match at Korea/Japan they were beaten by Senegal. To me what matters now is how to ensure that the team prepares adequately and gets ready for the tournament. That you beat me yesterday does not mean that you will beat me today. I wish the team the best of luck,” he said.

 

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