By Solomon Nwoke
FORMER Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko and ex- Eagles striker, Mutiu Adepoju, believe the Super Eagles have the chance to scale through to the next round of the 2010 World Cup from Group B which has Argentina, Greece and Korea Republic.
Both football personalities shared the same views that the draw was similar to that ofÂ USAâ€™94 when Nigeria made her debut to the World Cup and did well.
Laloko, a former national team coach of the Gambia, described the Eagles draw as an easy Group, but cautioned the teamâ€™s handlers about selection.
â€œItâ€™s an easy Group, but we have to be objective in the selection of the players. Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll come out of that Group with our heads high. We have many players we can use if we can get the pool of good players out there. We can do well if we can discard the old ones and get fresh and new ones to do the good job for us.
There is nothing to be scared of about the Group, itâ€™s almost a repeat of the USAâ€™94. I am quite sure Eagles can qualify from that group to the next stage of the championshipâ€, coach Laloko told Sports Vanguard at the weekend.
In his reaction, a USAâ€™94 hero, Adepoju, said all the Eagles need to do is hard work, saying there is no easy Group in the World Cup. But he described the Group as a very comfortable one for Eagles.
He urged the team and its handlers to put their acts together as he believed Nigeria have players who can deliver when the occasion arises.
He said, â€œin my opinion, there is no easy Group in World Cup. But talking about our Group in the 2010 World Cup next year, itâ€™s a Group I am very comfortable with. We can qualify to the next stage of the Championship. All we need do now is to put our acts together and train very well, Iâ€™m sure we can go beyond second round”.