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Lagerback ready to whip Eagles

Ben Efe
Newly signed coach of the Eagles, Lars Lagerback said that lack of discipline and organisation is what has made the national team second rate in the eyes of their fans.

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The Nigeria job is the first the 61-year old Swede is holding outside his native Scandinavia. But according to him he is keen to make the Eagles a competitive team at the SA 2010 World Cup.

“From what I have seen in Nigerian players, they have good individual skills and I know that the team needs to be organised, it needs to be disciplined.

“But for me as a coach, I think the individual skills can do really well in the World Cup. So, if you just think of a team and the players together, if they are fit and ready to play on this level, I think Nigeria have good chances,” said Lagerback.

The move is seen as a strange one for  Lagerback, who has coached all his life in Sweden starting with the country’s under 21 side in 1990, he took over the national team in 2000 before resigning last year after failing to qualify for South Africa.

Lagerback took his side to four straight championships and he guided Sweden to a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the 2002 World Cup group stage before being knocked out in the second round by Senegal. They were knocked out in the quarter finals of the European Championships in 2004, reached the second round in the 2006 World Cup and failed to make it out of the group in 2008.


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