By Kate Obodo
WithÂ less thanÂ three months to the commencementÂ of the World Cup, former Green Eagles player Okey Isima has warned that Nigeriaâ€™sÂ performance at the World Cup may be worst offÂ compared to the third place finish at the Nations Cup in Angola.
Isima said that Lars Lagerback by now should have a team on ground that he shouldÂ be working on instead of the frequent touring of Europe in search of players who wouldÂ represent Nigeria in South Africa.
Talking about Argentina, Isima said the Super Eagles are not comparable to Argentina in terms of quality of players, standard and organizational play of the team, adding that Argentina may roast Nigeria with goals when both teams meet at the group stage in South Africa.
â€œThe truth is that there is no miracle in football, it is all about training and adequate preparation. Argentina has a prepared team than us. They have players who are in top form and are playing in Europe.
Ninety percent of theÂ players that played with Siasiaâ€™s team are coming back but most Nigerian players who played against them have all fizzled out and I know only two or three may feature in the competition. The point is that they have not been in any form of consistency.
In a nut shell, I think what we are going to see is a bunch of stars. I am afraid the Nationâ€™s Cup may be even better than the World Cup. Nigeria playing with them (Argentina) is like a little child competing in knowledge with a more sensible adult. The point is that we are not prepared.
There is no miracle and no shortcut to success, weâ€™re not going to win or even get to the semi-final. Honestly speaking, we are not prepared, we should have started a long time and not this fire brigade approach.
I do not see any miracle where people start preparing for a big competition like the World Cup in three to four months and expect to do well. If they are hoping to play games with Argentina, they are just deceiving themselves,â€ he said