By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has played down the Super Eagles’ 1-0 defeat to Czech Republic on Wednesday which was their final warm-up game before heading to Russia for this summer’s World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A first half goal from Tomas Kalas saw the Super Eagles suffer back-to-back defeats following their 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
The defeat means the Super Eagles lost three of their five friendly games, winning one and drawing one.
“There is no cause for alarm, we all know the essence of friendly games is to know how prepared a team is going into a tournament,” Adepoju who represented Nigeria at three World Cups (USA 1994, France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002) told CSN moments after the match.
“So far, they have played against quality opposition who I believe would have given the coach an idea of where his team needs to improve on.
“When we were preparing for the USA 1994 World Cup, we lost some friendly games. Even during preparations for France 1998, we lost most of our friendlies.
“I believe we will see a different team when the World Cup proper starts, I am confident of that.”
The Super Eagles next game will be against Croatia on June 16 in their Group D opener at the World Cup.