ABUJA – Some football enthusiasts on Wednesday in Abuja expressed satisfaction at the performance of the Super Eagles against Greece.
The enthusiasts told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Super Eagles was a work in progress.
According to the enthusiasts, the team is continuously improving with every build-up game for the World Cup.
The Super Eagles played out a goalless draw with 2004 European Champions, Greece on Tuesday night in the U.S.
Mr Musa Talle, the Chairman, FCT Football Association said: “even though the Eagles are yet to win any of their build-up games, having been held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland last week, and played out a goalless draw with Greece on Wednesday, I believe the team is picking form with each game.
“The good thing is that we have not lost a game in the build-up and sometimes, one can only play at the level of the opposition, especially in a friendly where no one wants to cop an injury,” he said.
Mr Tunde Popoola, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), said that the players showed some flashes of brilliance.
Popoola said that Moses made some good runs, Onazi showed a bit of spark, while the defence was somewhat solid, especially with the robotic reflexes of Enyeama.
“The team I watched yesterday is good but they have to work on their final passes inside the box and also work on set paces.
“They must not be selfish but rather play as a team. Anyway, Coach Stephen Keshi still has some time in his hands to sort things out.
“But I must say we were definitely better than we were against Scotland; that shows you that the team is making some progress,’’ he said.
Mr Godwin Bamigboye, the Chairman of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, FCT chapter, said he believed the team was still making cohesive progress, and would hit their peak form before the World Cup commences next week.
“The next match against the U.S. team will provide the best litmus test of how we may perform in Brazil.
“Our ability to withstand pressure and a vociferous U.S. crowd will show what kind of character this team is made of,’’ he said.
The Super Eagles are billed to play the U.S. on June 7 after which they will depart for Brazil on June 9, where they are in Group F alongside Iran, Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Brazil between June 12 and July 13.
The Super Eagles will play their first group match against Iran on June 23. (NAN