BY TONY UBANI
The Nigeria Football Federation is not taking anything to chance as they have delegated some coaches to South Africa to spy on Iran, one of their opponents for the Brazil World Cup starting in June.
The Iranians landed in the rainbow nation of South Africa on Tuesday for their first pre-World Cup training camp with only 11 players and no goalkeeper, local media reported although more of their players would later join them.
A source from the NFF said that they would be sending their coaches to keep an eye on the Iranians that many soccer fans have written off as no opposition for the Eagles.
‘’We’re very much aware that they are in South Africa and our coaches are there to watch them’’, our reliable source said.
Iran, coached by Portugal’s Carlos Queiroz may be considered as an outsider in the group that sees them against Argentina, Nigeria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina but their solid organisation with the technical attributes Queiroz has long been known for could spell doom for those who take them for granted.
Coach Stephen Keshi has overtime stated that he was not afraid of any team and would not underestimate any of his opponents in Brazil.
‘’We’re African Champions and as Nigerians, we respect our opponents but not afraid of them’’, he said.
Iran are in Africa to have a fee of the physical play that characterise African play..
Not many know that Argentina and Iran met for the first and only time in 1977 and the match ended 1-1 in Madrid. They may be making their debut but they have resilient players.