Exclusive: Adepoju says Super Eagles must prepare well for Russia 2018


Former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has said to Naijafootballplus.com, that Nigeria’s Super Eagles must prepare well for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria’s best performance at the World Cup has been a second round finish in five World Cup appearances.

The ‘Head Master’ fondly called by his fans during his playing days for the National team, has warned that adequate preparation is important if Nigeria will have a good tournament in Russia.

“Kudos to the team for a successful qualification to Russia, the performance of the team during the qualifiers was amazing.

The Federation and the team showed commitment to represent this country and we must appreciate their hard work,” said Adepoju to Naijafootballplus.com.

Adepoju featured for Nigeria in the 1998 World Cup, he had 48 caps since he
made his debut in 1990 against Togo. He scored six times for the Super Eagles.

The former U20 national team player believes Nigeria and other African
representatives, could finish among the best four teams in Russia.

“Our team must prepare well and I’m happy with the agreement between the Federation and the team. That would help the team to stay focus and avoid distraction over welfare.

“Preparation is key and Grade A friendly games are also important.

Honestly, Nigeria and Africa have got the potentials to finish among the top four teams at World Cup, but the domestic challenges in terms of welfare
and preparation must be sorted.

“I think Africa and Nigeria have got a bright opportunity with the countries that qualified for the biggest football tournament in the world.

The current form of Super Eagles must be maintained and improve on, because if the Super Eagles can sustain this momentum, I am optimistic of a better performance in Russia,” he said.

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