By Philips Adefioye
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has been advised to monitor the Super Eagles players on and off the pitch in order to know their needs and encourage them. Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association now federation, retired Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya gave this advice in an interview with Saturday Vanguard sports in Lagos.
â€œThe Africa Cup of Nations is already here and the Eagles will face teams like the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Black Mambas of Mozambique.
â€œIf the Nigeria Football Federation can monitor these players on and off the pitch to know their problems andÂ needs and try to help them solve them, they will be encouraged to give their best.â€
Oneya said the players need to be together on time for the preparations ahead of the big tasks that will determine Nigeriaâ€™s performance at the World Cup later in June in South Africa.
He stressed that the Nigerian coaching crew are aware of the huge tasks ahead of them, pointing out that he felt some heat during the draws in Cape Town, South Africa when the Eagles were grouped with Argentina, Greece and South Korea.
â€œTo start with generally, any team that qualified for the World Cup have the right to prepare well. What we need isÂ solid preparation and the coaches should know the onerous task ahead of them. I felt the heat of what is going to happen in South Africa,â€ he said.
Continuing General Oneya said, â€œAfrican teams did not have good draws, I must say, but we can term it as a fair draw. It is a big challenge however. What we need as Africans is for our players to have discipline and they should not do anything out of the rule or law of the camp, because most of these players, go to clubs and do all sort of things.
If they have discipline and play to instructions, and their Federations help them, and use the fund that FIFA has given to them very well, you will see their best during the World Cupâ€.
Oneya emphasised that one of the way out for the Super Eagles was to make sure they not lose their first match against two-time world champions, Argentina and find a way out to the second round.