Eagles not yet ready for 2018 World Cup qualifiers, says Nwosu

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Despite the Super Eagles’ victories in two recent international friendlies against Luxemburg and Mali last week, former international, Henry Nwosu, still believes the team is not strong enough to compete in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers billed to kick off later this year.

Nwosu, a veteran of many of such qualifiers, told The Guardian yesterday that the Eagles still need more competitive games to enable the coaches discover and correct the lapses in the team.

The former Super Eagles captain also noted that playing quality tune up matches will bring out the best in the players and also put the team in the right frame of mind ahead of the qualifiers.

Although he commended the Coach Salisu Yusuf-led interim technical crew for giving young players the opportunity to showcase their skills in the team, he advised them to keep scouting for more talents in his bid to assemble a formidable squad that can stand the test of time.

Nwosu commended the Eagles for winning the two friendlies against Mali and Luxemburg, saying that the performances were pointers that Nigeria is gradually regaining its place after failing to book a slot in the 2017 African Nations Cup.

“I cannot say they are good enough to contend with the giants of Africa in the World Cup qualifiers now just because they won the two friendly games. The coaches still need to do more work on the team to bring out the best from the players.

“Exposing the players to quality games would instill more confidence in them to face stiffer oppositions. I still feel the coaches should also give more players the chance to prove their worth in the team, as it will also bring competition among the players,” he said.

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