By Richard Animam
Ex-international Adokie Amiesimaka believes the Super Eagles are in a group that can be described as fairly even but was quick to add that no team can be taken for granted.
At the draws held in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday, Nigeria was drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, South Korea and Greece. The draw was almost a replica ofÂ USâ€™94 draw where Nigeria was drawn against Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece.
The former Sharks chairman stressed that Nigeria can make it to the next round if they put in place a four-point plan.Â First, the technical crew should be consolidated with the coaches like Samson Siasia and Steven Keshi drafted into the team. According to him, Siasia has played against Argentina and knows the South American style well. He also added that Keshiâ€™s experience is equally needed in the team to bring out the best out of the players.
He also added that the team be reorganised, arguing that players like Joseph Yobo who has not been very effective at the rear be moved to the wing back, where he believes the Everton defender will make more impact.
Adokie also called on the coaches to bring more of the players that featured at the FIFA U-17 World Cup team to the Super Eagles, so that there will be healthy competition for a place in the team.Â He advised the coaches to look at other teams strong and week points and strategise on the best way to play each team.
Lastly, he called on the coaches to ensure that they play friendly matches against teams from South America, Asia and the Mediterranean.
The ex Green Eagles winger took a look at Argentina, Korea and Greece and remarked that the South American side were as lucky as Nigeria during the qualification rounds, stressing that they may be favouritesÂ butÂ Nigeria should not nurse any fear.
According to him, we have a score to settle with Argentina and that puts us at an advantage because it means our players will be compelled to play with more determination.
The Port Harcourt-based lawyer described South Korea as a compact team with no individual star players.
According to him, their strength lies in their ability to play as a unit.
Concerning former European champions Greece, Adokie said the Super Eagles defeated them in 1994 and added that they are still beatable, if the Eagles play as a team.
On paper, he said the group is open as it consists of teams that are evenly matched.