By Solomon Nwoke
EX- internationals, Joe Erico and Mutiu Adepoju have urged the Brazil 2014 World Cup-bound Super Eagles to be more cohesive in their style of play as they get ready for the Mundial later this year.
Reacting to the team’s goalless build-up match against Mexico early Thursday morning at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, USA, the former Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Erico and Adepoju gave the team thumbs-up as they expressed hope that there are still rooms for their improvement before the World Cup.
According to Erico, “the Eagles really need to work harder as a team and play cohesive football and by the time they play two to three warm-up matches, they will be okay and ready for the World Cup. There is nothing wrong with the team, it was a good match bearing in mind that there are new players who have not been in the team before.
If they had won the match, Nigerians will start feeling that they have arrived. But it is still better than somebody beaten in his home. I am okay with their performance. We have to continue building as some of the new boys were overwhelmed and jittery and it can only get better with more matches and that’s why we can’t stop building”
He also said that every department of the team needs to be beefed up because friendly match situation is a different scenario from the World Cup proper.
Asked if the team presented against the Mexico looks like a team that can cross the first round stage of the World Cup, Erico, well known in the sports circle as ‘Jogo Bonito Exponent’ said, “World Cup carries it’s own mentality, it all depends. Situation differs, it’s going to be a different approach, perfor-mance and mentality, but we’ll do well. The team will be better as time goes on”. In his submission, former Eagles midfielder, Adepoju, fondly called ‘ Head Master’ said, “ it’s a good match and it could have been better, but we just have to put into consideration the fact that there are new players coming up into the team. It’s a team that is willing to grow, they created several opportunities which they couldn’t covert.
They should continue to prepare and concentrate on team work and be ready to sacrifice.” He commended the players making their debut in the national team, saying that with more friendly matches they could play better as they have the qualities of good footballers