By Kehinde Osagiede
January 15, 2018.
Former Super Eagles prolific winger Ndubuisi Okosieme, has expressed confidence that the Nigeria representative at the forthcoming Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup would do the country proud not minding the grouping and the country that is involved.
Okosieme who is currently saddled with the responsibility of taking Dragon football club of Ekpoma a newly promoted division two side playing in a Nationwide league to its peak, averred that Super Eagles of Nigeria has what it requires to tackle any team in the world as far as the 2018 Mundial is concerned.
“I’m happy with the progress of the national team; I do not want people to underrate the Super Eagles. Nigerians should be talking well of their national team rather than saying negative things about them. As far as the world cup is concerned, I have total confidence in our team, football is not about noise, and it is about action and what you are capable of doing on the pitch of play.
“Even in my playing days, I have never dreaded any side. Nigeria is not new to Argentina; both countries have met in different occasions, so I do not see Argentina as a big threat to Eagles. If only our boys can show 100% per-cent commitment, they have what it takes to shock any country including the dreaded South America country Argentina.”
He advised the head of the technical crew Gernot Rohr not to be sentimental in his selections adding only active players should be given shirts. “ Gernot Rohr must do Nigerians a favour, that is he must not allow himself to be used by those managing our football in the country, as the overall manager, he should be able to take good decisions that will help him achieve good results.
He must ensure that he shun sentiment during selection of players. Shirts should be given to players that are active in their respective clubs abroad. If he gives neither shirts to nor productive players, he would have himself to blame at the end.”