Ex-international, Mike Obiku is not worried with the group opponents of the Super Eagles in the World Cup as he said that the Eagles have no reason not to fly into the second round in a group that has Argentina, Iran and Bosnia Herzogovina.
‘’I’m not losing sleep in the group matches because Nigeria and Argentina will qualify from the group’’, Obiku who is Head coach of Feynoord soccer Academy said yesterday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
He is in Nigeria on a three-man Feyenoord Rotterdam youth coaching team for the partnership with NNPC/Shell Cup. The others are Jan Gosgens, Senior coach of Feyenoord and Gido Vader who is Manager International Relations.
‘’The Eagles will do well at the World Cup if they play with intelligence. Football is no longer brute and force. It is all about intelligence’’, Obiku who played for a cocktail of Clubs – Flash Flamingoes, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, before moving to Cyprus and then to Feyenoord Rotterdam where he became a cult hero because of his knack for scoring goals.
Recalling his early days in Europe, Obiku said that when a striker in Nigeria scores up to 10 goals, he instantly becomes a hero. It was with such high hopes that he was asked how many goals he could give in a season in one of the many clubs he played in Europe. ‘’Proudly, I told them 10 and they were shocked’’, he said yesterday. ‘’They said they were looking at 27 to 35 goals. I asked them if those goals will include the ones in training’’. He laughed again saying that football in Europe is big business.
Obiku also dismissed fears that Nigerian players are not playing regularly in their clubs. ‘’It is not peculiar to Nigerian players. So many players going to the World Cup are not getting enough times but I think that Keshi can bring out their best before the game starts’’.