By Sab Osuji:
Former Nigeria coach, Bonfrere Jo has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles will overcome their tough Group B opponents in the qualification matches for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup and seal the ticket for their sixth World Cup finals appearance, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Super Eagles were drawn in Group B for the qualification race to Russia in 2018 after the draw was conducted Friday by Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA, pitching Nigeria against her perennial and bitter rivals, Cameroon, Southern Africa foes Zambia and North African ‘enemy’ Algeria.
The Group B, seen by many as ‘group of Death’ as admitted by Cameroonian coach, Broos, has left many Nigerians wondering what could become Super Eagles fate in the race. However, Jo, who guided the Nigerian U-23 team, otherwise known as Dream Team 1, to win the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games men’s football event in USA, stressed that the Super Eagles have all it takes to outsmart their opponents and pick the group’s sole qualification ticket.
“The Super Eagles are the best team in Africa, they have the best players coming out of the African continent and playing their best football in Europe. So, I’m confident it will not be a problem for the Eagles to top their group,” Bonfrere Jo told Completesportsnigeria.com on Saturday from his home in the Netherlands.
The one time Super Eagles head coach would go on to disclose that if the Nigeria Federation, (NFF) does the right things, Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia will not pose any threat for the Super Eagles in Group B.
“If you make the right selection amongst the many players you have, if you monitor the players’ progress in Europe, see how they are faring and start your preparation on time, why not, the Super Eagles will do it”, Bonfrere sounded confidently.
“Cameroon are not fantastic at the moment, Algeria, yes, they are coming up stronger, but not yet near the Super Eagles in quality and form.
“So, if Super Eagles are in their top form, they will be in Russia. Yes, they will be there.”
Reminded that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, are yet to engage any substantive coach for the Super Eagles following Sunday Oliseh’s decision to step down, Bonfrere stated that NFF should make haste to engage a new coach and state the qualities the new coach should possess.
“What the Super Eagles need is a top class coach, an experienced coach who has good knowledge of African football and its players.
“With a technically sound manager, who can harness the potentials of the players, the Super Eagles can make it,” Bonfrere stressed.