Russia 2018

Yobo: Eagles must take World Cup one game a time

Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has urged the national team to take a step at a time and not condone over-ambitious hopes ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“It should be one game at a time,” Yobo told News Agency of Nigeria.

“You don’t go to the World Cup and be dreaming of playing in the Final when you are not done with what you have right before you first in the group stage.

“Win your first game first, and prepare for the next one without thinking of the third game. It should be one at a time. I don’t think it is good to lose the first game and begin to panic.

“If the Super Eagles can win the first game, the confidence and quality will build and Nigerians will see quality in them as the competition progresses.”

The former Everton defender believes that the Eagles can get maximum point against South American giants, Argentina if they avoid defensive errors.

He also expressed his confidence in team’s defence that despite the fact that the defenders are not experienced, they are energetic, capable and talented – qualities that are equally important according the the Super Eagles legend.

“I played against Argentina in three World Cups,” said Yobo. “Maybe this is the time for Nigeria to record her first victory over the Albeceleste. If we don’t concede an early goal against Argentina, we should be able to get at least a draw.

“Croatia, Iceland… anything can happen. Croatia we know, but Iceland is the surprise package of Group D.

“I disagree with those worrying about the Super Eagles’ defence. What is important is experience. Yes, we may not have experienced senior players in that area but we have talented, fearless young players who can hold their own against any team. I really don’t think the defence is as bad as is being portrayed.”

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