Avoid pitfalls of 2002 World Cup, Onigbinde warns Super Eagles

Former Super Eagles coach Adegboyega Onigbinde has cautioned that if the Super Eagles must do well at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup they must avoid the mistakes of the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup.

He stressing that with harmony coupled with early preparations towards the tournament he is optimistic that with the caliber of players on parade, the Eagles can do well.

Onigbinde told sportstalkafrica.com that if there was good organization, if he had more time and if the players were properly managed and treated well by the administrators, his team to the 2002 World Cup would have done wonders.

“If not for the short time to prepare the team and some circumstances that occurred at the 2002 World Cup, that team would have reached the finals of the tournament. So, I want them to avoid such for the 2018 World Cup ,” he said.

“With the quality of players we have in the national team, I strongly believe they can do well if properly managed.

“I was at the World Cup in 2002 and I know we would have done better if not for some sort of disorder in the team. If they had followed my plans, we would have shocked the world.

“This set of players have the chance to do the country proud because if a small country like Iceland is shaking the world in football lately, I see Nigeria even doing better. All the team needs now is for the administrators to provide everything for them and they should avoid anything that will cause conflict in the team or players not treated well.

“If they can do all these and also put the team in top shape with quality friendlies, I am super sure the team will do this country proud at the World Cup in 2018,” he concluded.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
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