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World Cup: Nigeria Must Play As A Team – Jo Bonfrere



Former Super Eagles coach, Jo Bonfrere, has said that for Nigeria to perform well in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia, the team will have to improve and play more together as a team.

Bonfrere in an interview with LEADERSHIP Sports in Abuja, yesterday, said Nigeria should facsimile football tactics from European countries like France, England, Germany and Spain where ten players will go together defending and hunting for goals.

The Dutchman, who led Nigeria’s Dream Team to gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in Atlanta, noted that Gernot Rohr-led squad didn’t played together as a team during the last weekend’s friendly game against England which they lost 2 – 1, saying some players were standing and waiting till they receive ball.

“So, this is where the coach must improve them to learn playing as a team in the coming weeks.

The Dutch tactician further said the improvement must be done where the whole team is working together.”Meanwhile, former Nigerian  captain, Nwankwo Kanu has applauded the inclusion of Brian Idowu in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The Amkar Perm defender pledged his allegiance to the west Africans despite being eligible to represent Russia and has been listed as part of the Super Eagles team for the global tournament.

Besides helping the team on the pitch, the former Arsenal forward is thrilled that the 26-year-old will also be in hand to assist Gernot Rohr’s men ‘feel at home’ in Russia.

“We are pleased that Brian has chosen Nigeria’s national team, the fans really appreciate him,’’ Kanu told Russian News Agency TASS.

‘’He perfectly suits the national team’s playing style. Brian will be able to diversify the team, as he was brought up in another football system, it will only benefit the national team.

‘’He knows everything about Russia, and this will help the team before the World Cup in Russia.”

‘’Every little thing is important, but we will have a player who knows the country, speaks Russian. He will play at home and help others feel at home.”

Nigeria face Croatia in their first match in Russia on June 16 before they take on other Group D teams Iceland and Argentina.



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