Sports World Cup Update: Iran game is a test for Nigeria- Amodu

Former Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu has said that the Eagles' opening game against Iran at the ongoing Brazil 2014 world cup on Monday will determine how far they will go in the championship.

Shaibu, who qualified the national team for the Korea/Japan edition in 2002 was part of the NFF delegation that went to Sao Paulo on Saturday and will also be in Curitiba for Monday’s first game of the Fifa World Cup for the African champions.

“In a way, the match against Iran is very, very important. Not only is it our first match, which will give a good idea of our readiness to do well in the tournament, it will also present us opportunity to quickly pocket three points and look to add to that in our second match against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“I have not had opportunity of being very close to the team recently but I know Keshi has been working very hard and he knows the boys very well and knows the combination that will give him victory. I am optimistic,” Amodu said as the Air Asia plane prepared to land in Campinas, outside Sao Paulo on Saturday afternoon.

Amodu, Keshi and Joe Erico were the tactical team members that rescued Nigeria’s flagging ship in the qualifying campaign for the 2002 Fifa World Cup finals, leading the team to win its final three matches to edge out Liberia, and also led the squad to qualify for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. But he was not allowed to take the team to either tournament.

“Many teams now know that we are an attacking team, so they lie in wait for us to come at them, and those that have fast –paced midfielders and forwards then come at us hard on the counter, when we lose the ball.

“I think that, sometimes, we should also lie in wait for other teams and then try to win the ball and shock them with fast runs. We have fast –paced forwards like Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses who can make this work.”Kickoffnigeria
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