Premium Times (Abuja)

12 June 2014

Nigeria: Brazil 2014 - What We Expect From Super Eagles - Nigerians

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Nigeria's Ahmed Musa provided striker Emmanuel Emenike with a low ball to score, but the goal was disallowed after an offside call which gave the Super Eagles cause to feel aggrieved.

Nigeria will face Iran on June 16 in their first group match,

Some football enthusiasts on Wednesday in Abuja said they expected the Super Eagles to put up a good showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup which kicks off in Brazil on Thursday.

They said in separate interviews that the Eagles needed to work hard if they wanted to go far in the World Cup.

Prince Okigbo, a businessman, said the international friendly matches the Eagles played were enough to tell their style of play.

"I think the friendly games the Super Eagles played are enough to tell their style of play, because their defence is poor and their attacking force is not encouraging. I expect a good outing and hope that they go far in the competition," he said.

Austin Okoye, a journalist, said the Super Eagles should be more focused, adding that the World Cup was a serious competition where they should strive to surpass their second round feat.

"World Cup is not a jamboree, it is a serious business. We know what it took them to get to this point, so, I expect them to do well. In the 1994 World Cup in USA, we crashed out in the second round, so I will like the Eagles to go beyond the second round this time," Mr. Okoye said.

A footballer, Victor Sunday, urged the team to work with unity of purpose, adding that Nigerians have a lot of expectations from them.

"I expect them to go beyond the group stage because I do not think there is any strong opponent in that group. What they need now is to work hard, be focused and united and to also remember that Nigerians

are expecting a lot from them," Mr. Sunday said.

Georgina Akande, a civil servant, said she expected the Eagles to prove their strength and worth as African champions in the World Cup.

"As a Nigerian, I expect the team to work hard and display a good fighting spirit and to reach the quarter-finals stage. I also expect them to show in their performance that they are African champions and to be the last African country to leave the World Cup," she said.

The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group F with Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina in the 32-team tournament.

Nigeria will face Iran on June 16 in their first group match, Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 21 in the second match and Argentina on June 25 in their last Group F match.

(NAN)

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