Amodu lauds Su­per Ea­gles’ World Cup prepa­ra­tion

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The Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor of the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF), Amodu Shuaibu, yes­ter­day lauded the as­so­ci­a­tion for the “ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tion given to the Su­per Ea­gles” ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Shuaibu, a for­mer coach of the Su­per Ea­gles, gave the com­men­da­tion in an in­ter­view in Abuja.

He said the se­ries of friendlies played and yet to be played by the na­tional team would en­sure co­her­ence among the play­ers ahead of the tour­na­ment.

“I don’t know what their pri­or­ity is, but I think there is noth­ing wrong with what they have been do­ing.

“The team has been very busy un­til qual­i­fi­ca­tion and they have been play­ing friendly games.

“They still have an­other one next month; so, I don’t know what else you want them to do that they are not do­ing. For me, I think they are do­ing ev­ery­thing right.”

Shuaibu’s com­ments came on the heels of re­marks by some Nige­ri­ans that the NFF was not do­ing enough to pre­pare the Su­per Ea­gles for the World Cup in Brazil.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the cur­rent Su­per Ea­gles coached by Stephen Keshi have played enough friendly matches so far, com­pared to the ones played when he (Shuaibu) was coach of the team.

The Ea­gles are sched­uled to play Scot­land in a friendly at the Craven Cot­tage ground of English Pre­mier­ship side Ful­ham FC on May 28 and fly to the U.S. on May 29.

The team will also en­gage the Greece na­tional team at the Philadel­phia Union Sta­dium, U.S. on June 3.

The Su­per Ea­gles are also ex­pected to con­front the U.S. na­tional team at the EverBank Field Sta­dium in Jack­sonville, U.S. on June 7 be­fore fly­ing to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 11.

The team, which has played teams like Mex­ico, Italy and Cat­alo­nia in in­ter­na­tional friendly matches, is in the same group with Ar­gentina, Iran and Bos­nia-Herze­gov­ina for the World Cup. (NAN)

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