Former national team coach, Tunde Disu, has warned his colleague at the head of the technical crew of the national team, Shaibu Amodu, to be wary of his group opponents especially Argentina in the FIFA World Cup, even as the Eaglesâ€™Â immediate task was the African Cup of Nations.
The former Flying Eagles coach believes Argentina were afraid of the Eagles andÂ would do anythingÂ to ensure they beat the Nigerian team in their group game.
He said, â€œArgentina are afraid to play Nigeria,â€ adding â€œthey did it in USA â€˜94 and I know to what extent they can go.â€
Disu who spoke with Sports Vanguard in Lagos, Tuesday, said as a member of the technical crew of the Nigerian team to USA â€˜94 World Cup, he had a personal experience with the Argentines that could be of use to the national team handlers.
â€œWe went for training in America and the Argentineteam decided to train almost the same place with us. We did not like this and strongly objected to it,â€ Coach Disu started.
Continuing, the man who was in charge of the Flying Eagles that recorded the famous Damman Miracle in Saudi â€˜89, said the Argentines were undaunted and decided to spy on the team during training.
â€œWe reported them to the Police and they were asked to stay away from our training sessions,â€ Disu recalled, adding that the Police intervention did little to change the situation.
â€œDuring our next training, the Argentines came again, this time, they climbed on the trees around the training ground to record our training sessions and we called the law enforcement agents to drive them away. We were told that the distance between them and where we were training was allowed by the law and we could not do anything about it.â€
Disuâ€™s fear is that having known that they were in the same group with Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Argentines would definitely spy on Amoduâ€™s team.
â€œThey will surely be there because I know them. Amodu should watch his back as he embarks on the trip to Durban before going to Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations,â€ Disu advised.
On the Nations Cup, the former international said he was sure of the Eagles as the team had the pedigree, the players and the experience that will make them perform.
â€œThe team has players who are tested, exposed and play in some of the best soccer leagues in the world. I know we can do it.â€