25th July, 2011
Former Secretary General (Technical) of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, James Peters, has urged soccer loving Nigeria not to judge the Flying Eagles with their outing at the just concluded Four-Nation Invitational Tournament in Panama.
Peters said though the John Obuh-led U-20 team failed woefully in the tourney, which was a preparatory ground for them ahead of the FIFA World Youth Champions, WYC in Colombia; he still believes that the Flying Eagles will leave up to expectations at the World Cup, which begins on 29 July.
According to him, â€œwe should not jump into conclusion that the team are not good and they will fail at the World Cup. The invitational tourney was a friendly competition, and I believe the World Cup is a different ball game entirely. Let us just keep our fingers cross and I want to assure that weâ€™ll see a different team in Colombia.
Meanwhile, coach of Nigeriaâ€™s U-20 side, John Obuh, has urged his players to move on from their disastrous World Cup preparatory Four-Nation Tournament in Panama after rounding off with a 4-1 spanking at the hands of Mexico.
The African champions failed to record any win at the event. They drew their opening game 0-0 against Panama before slumping to a 2-0 loss to Portugal last Wednesday, followed by the Mexican hammering on Friday.
â€œIt will be a disaster if we dwell on this match with the World Cup just around the corner,â€ Obuh cautioned after the game, according to the teamâ€™s media officer Sam Audu.
The Flying Eagles left for their World Cup venue in Armenia yesterdayâ€™s afternoon and will play their opening match against Guatemala on 31 July, before subsequent games against Croatia on 3 August and Saudi Arabia three days later.