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Friendlies Not Enough to Judge Eagles

As the Super Eagles jet into Brazil today from the United States of America where they played a 0-0 with Greece and lost the other game 2-1 to USA, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) has urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the team.

Eagles had earlier in the first warm-up game played 2-2 with Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground in London.
However, after the loss to USA, football fans in the country began to question Coach Stephen Keshi’s choice of players for the Mundial in Brazil.

The Coordinator of TAN, Orji Okoronkwo, insisted yesterday that friendly games were meant to prepare the team for the Mundial and expressed optimism that Eagles would blend into a solid squad before its first game next Monday.
Instead of condemning the team, Orji urged Nigerians to rally round Keshi and his players.

“While we agree at TAN that friendly matches are played to test the team’s ability, the players also need to be careful to avoid injuries so as not to be ruled out of the World Cup.

“What we need to do at this point is to rally round the Eagles and give them our total support, which will be crucial to their success in Brazil,” Okoronkwo added.

He also lamented the loss of Elderson Echiejile to injury and called on other players to give their best at the competition.
“It is sad that we have lost one of our top players, but I am sure that Keshi will find a suitable replacement before they play their first game against Iran.”

Okoronkwo noted that Eagles victory at the 2013 African Cup of Nations Cup showed that the Nigerian team has what it takes to do well at the World Cup.

He stated the TAN ‘Fly Me to Brazil Promo, which produced 12 winners, was a way of leaning support to the Eagles and assured that the winners would leave for Brazil on Saturday.

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