By Fidelis Ebu
Super Eaglesâ€™ Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback has played down his earlier semi-final target at next monthâ€™s 2010 World Cup finals promised at his unveiling as he is insisting on 100 per cent devotion and fitness of the players to progress at the Mundial.
Lagerback, in a chat after he had submitted his provisional 30-man list to the Nigeria Football Association, maintained that constant win from the group games would enhance the teamâ€™s chances in South Africa.
â€œWhat is expected is 100 per cent devotion from both the players and backroom staff of the technical crew. If we win any game, the chances of winning the World Cup would be brightâ€, said Lagerback as he dismissed the semi-finals target earlier set.
While explaining that the players currently on the 30-man list would be tested in the three friendlies scheduled to assess the team, the 60-year old Swede said those invited were the best he could get from his scouting around Europe.
He however insisted that he would rely on experience and not mind the ages of the players in his final selection.
â€œThis 2010 World Cup is a crucial assignment and not for boys. I will solely rely on experience and fitness of the players would be taken seriously in the final selection of the 23-man list for the World Cupâ€, he said.