We accord Argentina too much respect – Amuneke

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Golden Eaglets Coach and one time African Footballer of the Year Emmanuel Amuneke has warned the Super Eagles against showing too much respect to Argentina to the detriment of their other World Cup Group F foes.

African champions Nigeria are drawn against Iran, Bosnia and Argentina in the first round of Brazil 2014.

Amuneke

Amuneke

“My only fear is when we start to disrespect our opponents,” Amuneke told AfricanFootball.com

“We are giving too much priority to Argentina when we should have it in mind that Iran and Bosnia have also qualified for the World Cup and they have some good players.”

The U17 World Cup-winning coach also stated that he was not surprised by Stephen Keshi’s 30-man squad.

“I’m not surprised by the list,” he said.

“When you look at the beginning from qualification time, Keshi had invited a lot of people. Since it’s an on-going thing and Keshi was new to the job and he was trying to build a strong team and now they have the opportunity to be at the World Cup.

“All what we can do is to pray for the team and wish them all the best.”

“Also we hope our players that would be picked for the World Cup would realise how important it is to give their best at the Mundial,” added Amuneke, who featured at the 1994 World Cup.

 

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