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Saudi Arabia expose Eagles inconsistency, Osun

By Philips Adefioye
Former Nigerian International, Lukman Osun has expressed dissatisfaction over Super Eagles preparation ahead of the World Cup scheduled to kick off in 13 days from today.

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Osun said that the barren draw in the friendly against Saudi Arabia last Tuesday was not a satisfactory result, stressing however, that  the result really doesn’t matter but their style of play has put Nigerians in doubt.

“World Cup is not a child’s play. It is a big business and we are yet to boast of a  team that we can say will beat our group opponents.

“I must say, I am not satisfied with our preparations toward this World Cup. We have not learnt from our past mistakes due to our nonchalant attitude. A World Cup that is to be hosted on African soil and this is an opportunity for us to do everything possible to get to the semi final and yet we are not serious preparing for it,” he said.

The ex First Bank Football Club of Lagos player who said that though the time left for the team to train may not be enough however, said that football is a dynamic game and that things might change at the World Cup.

“What I’m trying to say here is that we are so used to the fire bridge approach and when one does not expect much from the players that is when they pull surprises,” he said.

Osun told Saturday Vanguard Sports that another painful issue was that there are no better players than the ones on ground with who Lars Lagerback expects to prosecute the World Cup.
“In fairness to Largerback, we have some players that are doing wonderfully well in Europe and in our local league but because they have not been tested, he has refused to take the risk by using them. The London training camp and the remaining friendly matches against Colombia and North Korea will determine our fate, “ he said. Osun explained that the performance of the players in their various clubs in Europe really showed in  the way they played against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Austria.

“Their consistency and non consistency in their clubs have exposed how far they can go at the World Cup. What I am trying to say is that Nigerians have really seen the regulars and bench warmers in the team.

Terna Suswan really impressed me on the pitch of play despite being a home-based player. This simply means that he is regular in his club here in Nigeria and if he does better in the match against Colombia, it will be a rude shock if Lagerback drops him from the final 23-man squad, he stressed.


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