Brazil 2014: Eagles should focus on performance, says Adepoju

December 4, 2013 11:11 PM

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A former Super Eagles attacking midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju, on Wednesday urged the Eagles to focus on performing well at the 2014 World Cup irrespective of the group they find themselves.

Adepoju told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone that all the teams that qualified for the World Cup were all strong teams, but wished for a good group for the team.

Brazil, as hosts, would be automatically be placed in Group A. Groups will be made up of one team from each pot.

The other seeded teams in Pot One have been chosen according to FIFA’s October’s world rankings.

Pot 1 (top eight seeds): Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, and Uruguay.

Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras.

Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, France.

The former midfielder, who was a member of the victorious Super Eagles squad that won the 1994 African Nations Cup in Tunisia, added that the Eagles should not expect an easy group.

“We should just hope for a good performance because there are no cheap teams going to the World Cup in Brazil. It is not going to be an easy competition, but let us just hope for the best,” he said.

“I hope the coach can draw up a formidable attack and defence plan, to improve their playing strategy because these are the key elements to succeed in the forthcoming tournament.

“If all that can be worked on, then we will be fine with any team we are drawn against,” Adepoju added.


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