By Ajibade Morakinyo
Eagles’ lovers have been ranting over the team’s discouraging performances in the pre-world cup friendly matches, thereby raising a question mark on how far the team would go in the tournament. Would these Eagles fly? Your answer is as good as mine
In comparison, the agility of the ‘then’ and ‘now’ Super Eagles is obvious. The then Eagles cannot be easily compromised by any team of the world like this modern Eagles. During the ’94 and ’95 game, the likes of Peter Rufai (Goal Keeper), Augustine Eguavoen, Michael Emenalo, Ben Iroha, Stephen Keshi (Defenders), Jay Jay Okocha, Thompson Oliha, Sunday Oliseh (Midfielders), Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, Samson Siasia, Rashidi Yekini (Forwards) soared higher.
This time, the team of John Obi Mikel, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Victor Moses, Joel Obi and Francis Uzoho, Odion Ighalo Shehu Abdullahi, Alex Iwobi, Ogenyi Onazi and Bryan Idowu has tried in pre-world cup matches (friendly) with Poland, Serbia, DRC, England, Czech, but more needs to be added for them to fly higher in Russia than the remarkable year of ’94 and ‘95.
The Eagles need to realise Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina are giants in their own rights. Moreover, Mikel has promised President Muhammadu Buhari he is going “to bring the trophy home”. Well, time will tell if that’s an empty promise.