Feeling pained and angry over the opening game defeat to Croatia, the Super Eagles of Nigeria are highly motivated and spoiling for total war against their second group B opponent, Iceland.
First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, revealed this on Tuesday afternoon to the Nigerian media at St Petersburg, saying the players are more angry and pained than even the Nigerian public.
“Nobody needs to tell them. They feel the disappointment more than those who are expressing it and they are personally motivated and highly charged to deliver. You only need to see their mood and hear what they are saying to themselves at the camp.”
“Motivation is not only about money. Yes, we provide bonuses and other incentives which anybody doing a job expects to get, but motivation is more than that. They are professionals, they realize the situation we are in and they know what is at stake. President Amaju Pinnick is traveling to the camp everyday to talk with them and ensure that no stone is left unturned. The President of the country spoke with them and the minister of sports is also here giving support and motivation.”
On preparations towards the crucial must-win game against Iceland on Friday, to ensure there are no slips like against Croatia, the NFF second in command, the technical officials are putting the team in the best shape.
“The Super Eagles have done a video review of the game against Croatia. All the players watched it. They have done a technical analysis of the game to identify their mistakes but we cannot dwell on the past game. They are putting better technical plans in place to ensure victory against Iceland.”
Asked about the coordination of the activities of the players against the background of the recent outburst between John Ogu and a section of Nigerian fans, he said he has confidence in the discipline of the players and the capacity of their camp handlers to keep them on focus.
“We have confidence in the team handlers. I believe if they think the occurrence is any problem they are able to check it.”