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Pressure will be on Argentina , Edema

By Ime Bassey
This afternoon is an important one in the hearts of Nigerians as by 3 p.m. the Super Eagles will be filing out in an all important World Cup opener against the Argentina at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

The game is crucial as it will go a long way to determine how far the team, Swede coach Lars Lagerback took over three months ago, will go in the tournament.

Speaking to Ex-Super Eagles defender, Edema Fuludu, he said that “the team can hold Argentina to standstill or even beat them, depending on how the coach motivates them.”

In his words, “every body is expecting the Argentines to beat us in line with there present form and players, but they forgot that we have their profile and they have ours too. So, they will be the ones on the edge while we will be relaxed with our game, which will give us an upper hand to fight for a point or a win.”

He said that the team’s preparation was poor and as a result lacked depth, stressing that so much attention has been paid to the Argentine game, forgetting the ones against former European Champions, Greece and Asian fast machine – South Korea.

Commenting on the team’s defense, he said that “Yobo has dropped form while Danny Shettu did not play a single game for Bolton Wanderers last season. I don’t see how they can do to contain the Argentines. If we were an European team, I don’t think both of them will be at the World Cup”.

He further said that “the last warm-up game against South Korea which they won 3-1, is a good omen for the team today against Argentina, as it will definitely give them a winning mentality.”

On whether the team is prepared to take on the Argentines, he said that “they are not prepared given the short time involved in keeping the boys together, but with the Nigerian ‘never say die attitude’ our apprehensive state will be doused with something to cheer.”

On Mikel Obi’s final exclusion, he said that “it is a minus for the team, his absence will be felt seriously because he is an integral part of the team; More so, the strength of the team has been reduced with his exclusion and it will tell on the team”.

Commenting more on injury and exclusion, he had this to say about Ikechukwu Uche and Victor Anichebe.”With the information we have at our disposal, Ike Uche is still not psychologically and completely fit, risking his inclusion at this stage is not worth it, we need players who are completely fit, for Anichebe, he should have been in the team but lost out on Nigerian factors”.

On Lagerback’s job so far, he said that “he is a lucky man getting this job.  There is no difference between Amodu’s team and his, he knew all the while that there was no time so, he had to go with what he met on ground”.

This afternoon is an important one in the hearts of Nigerians, Our dear President and Super Eagles as a team, by 3pm today they will be filing out in an all important World Cup opener against the Argentines, at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg; the game will go a long way to determine how far they will go in the tournament.
Speaking to Ex-Super Eagles defender, Edema Fuludu, he said that “the team can hold Argentina to a standstill or even a win, depending on how the coach motivates them.” In his world, “every body is expecting the Argentines to beat us in line with there present form and players, but they forgot that we have their profile and they have ours too. So, they will be the ones on the edge while we will be relaxed with our game, which will give us an upper hand to fight for a point or a win.”

He said that the team’s preparation was shady and as a result lacks dept. He stresses the fact that, so much attention has been paid to the Argentina’s game, forgetting the game against former European Champions, Greece and Asian fast machine – South Korea.

Commenting on the team’s defense, he said that “yobo has dropped form while Danny Shettu did not playa single game for Bolton Wanderers, I don’t see how they can manage to contain the Argentines. Ifwe were an European team, I don’t think both of them will be at World Cup”.

He further said that” the last warm-up game against South Korea, which they won by 3-1, is a good omen for the team today against Argentina, as it will definitely give them a winning mentality. On whether the team is prepared to take on the Argentines, he said that “they are not prepared given the short time involved in keeping the boys together, but with the Nigerian ‘never say die attitude’ our apprehensive state will be douse with something to cheer.”

Speaking further, he expresses his opinion on Mikel’s exclusion, as he said that “it is a minus for the team, his absent will be felt seriously because, he is an intriguer part of the team; More so, the strength of the team has been reduce with his exclusion and it will tell on the team”.

Commenting more on injury and exclusion, he had this to say about Ikechukwu Uche and Victor Anichebe’s exclusion, “with the information we have at our disposal, Ike Uche is still not psychologically and completely fit, risking his inclusion at this stage is not worth it, we need players who are completely fit; for Anichebe, he should have been in the team but lost out on
igerian factors”.

However, on Lagerback’s job so far, he said that “he is a lucky man for getting this job, there is no deference between Amodu’s team and his, he knew all the while that there was no time so, he had to go with what he met on ground”.


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