By Ben Efe
Former Eagles defender and CAF Champions League winning coach, Kadiri Ikhana has advised Nigerians not to put their money on the Eagles to perform in South Africa.
Ikhana who was in the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1980 in Lagos, hinged his pessimism on the fact that the Eagles have not recorded any meaningful preparation and also the last minute appointment of coach Lars Lagerback according to him, did not helped matters.
â€œTaiwo Ogunjobi the Nigeria Football Association technical committee chairman said the Eagles have prepared well for the World Cup.
He wants us to believe that Nigeria will go far in South Africa. But for me I cannot be deceived from what I have seen of our build up. I donâ€™t see the Eagles winning a single match,â€ said Ikhana.
He said that the NFA was wrong to have fired coach Shuaibu Amodu adding that coach Lagerback will find it difficult moulding the team in such a short time.
â€œAny serious football nation, will weigh all the options before firing their coach a few months to the World Cup.
â€œWe shouldnâ€™t have embarked on that road. The NFA should have waited till after the World Cup, before removing the coach. Honestly, I donâ€™t see us go far in South Africa,â€ Ikhana said.
However, coach Lagerback, has assured that he has the magic to make the difference. He listed a 30-man tentative list for the World Cup on Monday and Nigerians have reacted with mix feelings.
â€œWell of course Nigeria has always surprised us by doing well when least expected. Things cannot always go our way, we need to have a good build up,â€ Ikhana added.