Former Super Eagles forward Adegoke Adelabu has stated that the three-time African champions have all it takes to win the FIFA World Cup billed for Russia in June 2018.
In his statement on The Guardians, Adegoke, who was part of the squad that represented Nigeria at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya, said that the national team has the qualities needed to reach the final and eventually win the Mundial provided they prepare well.
“I don’t want to be part of those saying that the Super Eagles cannot progress beyond the group stage or second round .
“No, we have what it takes to be in the final and even win the World Cup trophy. Limiting our chances to the second round or the quarterfinal is like saying the Super Eagles should not go to Russia.
“We have already known our group opponents and the most important thing to do now is to work on intelligence of our players. We have to know the area of strength and weakness of our opponents.”
The former Shooting Stars winger added that he is pleased with the NFF’s plan on friendly games just as charged the coaching crew to ensure good relations with and between the players.
“I am happy the NFF has already lined up series of friendly matches for the Super Eagles as build up to the World Cup. But it is also important for us to have in- house programmes to let our coaches understand what they should expect from the players.”
“As I always say, the development of a sport is reflected in nation’s ability to modify the training, participation and competitive strategy of the athletes. We should focus on winning the World Cup and not targeting the second round or quarterfinal. I am optimistic we can win the World Cup in Russia because we have the players,” Adelabu said.
Adelabu was recently appointed a member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Study Group alongside the likes of Abba Yola, Taribo West, Bernard Ogbe, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Tijjani Babangida, Victor Agali, Godwin Enakhena, Mike Idoko and Bitrus Bewarang.