Just as Nigerians await the announcement of the Super Eagles provisional list for the 2014 World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has declared that the country’s senior national team should not be put under undue pressure as they prepare for the tournament in Brazil.
High hopes by Nigerians who expectedthat the list would be made public two weeks ago were dashed following the decision by the NFF to delay the announcement till sometime this week.
Speaking with 2muchsports.com, NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu declared that the Federation has high expectations for the World Cup, but he advised that Nigerians should be cautious in their optimism, arguing that the World Cup is entirely a different tournament from the Africa Nations Cup won by the Super Eagles last year.
Amadu said, “the fact that the Eagles are going to the World Cup as African champions does not make them favourites for the trophy.” He reminded Nigerians that the team would still go to Brazil as “outsiders”.
He insisted that though the NFF and Nigerians would want the team to do well and surpass the record of their predecessors and other African countries at the World Cup, it would be out of place to set a tall target for the Super Eagles.
“All we are doing is to ensure that the team is prepared adequately for Brazil in order to give their best at the tournament. We are hopeful that they will give the best of representation to Nigeria because we are providing them with all they need to excel,” Amadu stated.