Enugu – Former Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu, said on Tuesday that the current Super Eagles have the character and team spirit to break previous World Cup records.
Chukwu in Enugu said that the team had the opportunity to create for themselves a world record.
“This is an opportunity for the boys to create records for themselves and surpass the records of our previous World Cup teams. They have the talent and character to do so.
“My position is that if the 1994 World Cup team could get to the second round, we expect this current team to get to the quarter or semi-finals.
“The 1994 World Cup achievement has gone, so the current team should aim to supersede that. This is the opportunity to do it.
“If not, it means the 1994 record will still stand as our best outing,” he said.
He said the Eagles would not just be making up the number at the Brazil fiesta, but would compete favourably with the best.
Chukwu said the coaches needed free hand to select players who would achieve such a feat, instead of the ongoing clamour to force certain players on the team.
“Stephen Keshi should be left alone to use the players he feels will get him the needed result because his job will be at stake if the team does not do well.
“I don’t want to be part of the people clamouring for certain players to be invited to the team.
“This is because only the coach will be held responsible if the team fails to meet the aspirations of Nigerians.
“If he feels that Ikechukwu Uche or any other player is fit and can help the team or that he has other players that can fit into his programmes good and fine.
“No player should be forced on the coach,” he said.
Chukwu said the coach knew where he had problems in the team and knew the best way to solve such problems.
The former international defender said that no football team in the world was perfect, adding that they keep building and changing. (NAN)