A former Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, on Tuesday in Lagos said the team had improved tremendously under the tutelage of Coach Stephen Keshi.
Udoh, who made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the team was in a much better shape in terms of performance and achievement.
“I think they have improved to be honest, considering where they were in the last three years; we have come a long way.
“We have a more settled team, we can boast of a strong team.
“The team has done well so far, winning the Africa Cup of Nations and also qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, it’s a laudable feat.
“I hope they sustain this form and also improve on it, we can do better,’’ Udoh said.
He also called on football authorities to continue to expose the team to quality friendly matches against non-African teams in their buildup to the 2014 World Cup.
“I’m concerned about the fact that we have yet to put our players to test outside the African continent.
“Fine, we have done well in the continent; World Cup is a different ball game totally.
“We’ve had just a friendly matches with a non-African opponent which I don’t think is good enough; we need to go out of the continent so that we won’t be shocked in Brazil.
“This needs to be addressed before June,’’ the sports analyst added.
NAN reports that the Super Eagles are in Group F of the World Cup alongside Argentina, Bosnia Herzegovina and Iran.
The team will play their preliminary matches of the World Cup in Porto Alegre and Curitiba. (NAN)