Wake-up! Ex-Internationals challenge Eagles to ‘find their form’


Following Nigeria’s 1-0 loss to Czech republic at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion in Austria, ex-Internationals have warned that the super eagles must wake-up if they want to make an impact at 2018 world cup in Russia.

Former Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amuneke warned that the team risk crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stages if they do not improve on their performances before their opening game against Croatia.

Speaking with Complete Sports, Amuneke described the Eagles’ performance against Czech republic as “not impressive.”

“It was not a good game, we must be honest with ourselves but there’s room for improvement,” the former African Footballer of the Year said.

“The team still needs more intensive sessions before the Croatia game. These games have shown that there are several lapses in the team generally that they must work on before Nigeria’s first game.

“We could still correct them as we have 10 more days to our first game against Croatia.”

Corroborating Amunike’s position, former midfielder Garba Lawal fingered Nigeria’s slow start in games as a reason for their recent defeats in their pre-World Cup friendlies.

“At this level you can’t afford to be chasing games early and hope you will finish stronger to win,” he said.

“It’s was the same against England where they (Super Eagles) lost 2-1. After the changes at half time the team played well but they must start well from the blast of the whistle and play well and not wait to react when they are down.
“The reaction too didn’t cause enough panic to the Czech Republic team.”
Tijani Babangida insisted that the Eagles must fight hard to beat the Croatians to progress from the group stage.

“The game against Croatia is very important and if we don’t beat  them, it will hard to qualify from the the group,” the former Ajax star said.

“They still have some days left before that game and they must work hard in training to improve on their performance.”