ABUJA – Ladan Bosso, a former coach of the Flying Eagles, on Wednesday, applauded the performance of the Super Eagles in their World Cup last Group F match against Argentina.
The Eagles lost 2-3 to the Argentines in the game after initially playing goalless with Iran and defeating Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0.
Bosso said the courage of the players and their quick response to the Argentine goals was typical of the Super Eagles squad.
“We thank God that we eventually got what we are looking for at least the regular super star countries are out and Nigeria is still in.
“I believe the team will do better in the next match; what they played today is better than what they played against Bosnia and Iran,’’ Bosso said.
He noted that the groups F match between Bosnia-Herzegovina drew a lot of attention from FIFA following the concerns raised by the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) of a possible match-fixing.
The coach pointed out that 3-1 defeat of Iran had played a major role in the Eagles progression to the next stage.
Bosso, who is the current coach of Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia, charged the team to improve on its scoring chances, noting that the team missed lots of chances.
He noted that the team would overrun its second round opponent if the strikers become more aggressive in the attack.
“The most difficult thing in football is the creation of chances; so, the players should be able to convert chances as they create them.
“If we are going to attack, we should attack together and if we are going to defend, we should defend together; that was what we lacked in our first match.
“The chain of attacking was not there and the chain of defending was not there but if the team can improve on these strategies, the team can go places,’’ he added.
The former national team coach also commended Joseph Yobo, the team’s captain for his 100 caps record for the senior national team.
He added that it would serve as motivation as they progressed to the next stage.
According to Bosso, it is not easy to lead a team to the World Cup and the team is not doing badly; so, all they need is the support to succeed.
He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the team as they were likely to face France in the second round of the competition. (NAN)