Russia 2018 World Cup: Argentina defeat exposed Eagles to the world — Fuludu

Super Eagles 4-2 spanking of Argentina in an International friendly last Tuesday in Russia as part of the 2018 preparations has been described as a good omen for the Nigerian side.

Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

In a chat with our reporter in Benin-City, former Super Eagles star, Edema Fuludu said that the defeat of Argentina has exposed  the Eagles to the world as far as the Russia 2018 World Cup is concerned.

He said that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF must do more to prepare the boys for the big fight ahead, adding that the World Cup is not a tea party.

“I’m happy that our players are beginning to get abreast with the reality on ground. I want to give them kudos for beating Argentina in that International friendly, what a good way of kick-starting the World Cup preparations. I must tell you that the defeat is good, but one of the disadvantages is that it has exposed the Super Eagles to the world.

Other countries now know that we have a World Cup team, and they will be fully ready to play Nigeria with all their might without mercy. The implication is that we should be ready to face stronger oppositions at the Mundial.”

“I also want to advice that there is need for the NFF to organize more high profile International friendlies to enable us know whether we have what it takes to battle bigger countries at the World Cup or not. The Argentina friendly is not enough for us to judge whether our team is ready or not. Gernot Rohr needs to prove to Nigerians that the Eagles are ready for the World Cup.

Eagles must put that game behind them and move ahead. It is not yet time to celebrate because the big battle is yet to come.

Be that as it may, I must congratulate them for putting up a good fight, because it is not easy to come back from 0-2 to win 4-2 against a team like Argentina. Our boys should be commended,”he said.

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