By Jacob Ajom

As Nigerians continue to celebrate what has been generally described as “a fair draw” after being pitted against perennial foes Argentina, Bosnia and Iran, the Chairman and CEO of Sport radio, Brila fm, Dr Larry Izamoje has warned against “Nigeria taking things for granted.”

Speaking in Lagos soon after the draw was concluded Friday evening, Izamoje said, “I think it is a fair draw. Of all the countries in our group, Argentina on paper is the toughest opponent. Remember, in 2010 Argentina beat us with their usual trickery after one of their players held down one of our players. Aside that we competed fairly against them.

”This time I expect us to do better if we work hard and take care of Bosnia and Iran. If we do that then Argentina will be taken care of . We must have good preparations and enough friendly matches. If we can take care of Bosnia, I believe we can spring surprises.”

On his part, former youth international, Waidi Akanni said he welcomed the idea of playing Iran in Eagles’ first group match. “If we beat them, we will have the confidence to face the rest of our opponents in the group.”

Waidi advised the technical crew and the NFF hierachy to set to work immediately in gathering all relevant data about Nigeria’s opponents. “They need tapes of matches involving those countries, arrange friendly matches against countries they faced during the qualifiers and other such information as may be required for the task ahead.”

He believes the Super Eagles will do well at the Mundial but must be given adequate preparation and every support needed to succeed.


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