INTERVIEW – Idowu: Eagles Will Get It Right Vs Team Of Fighters Iceland

INTERVIEW – Idowu: Eagles Will Get It Right Vs Team Of Fighters Iceland

Amkar Perm of Russia defender, Bryan Idowu, tells Completesportsnigeria.com’s NNAMDI EZEKUTE in Kaliningrad Russia, how important it is for him to represent Nigeria with the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He feels upbeat that Gernot Rohr’s men will respond strongly against Iceland after losing 2-0 to Croatia in their first Group D match in Kaliningrad on last Saturday…
The Super Eagles match against Croatia marked your very debut at the FIFA  World Cup. How do you feel now as a World Cup player? 
It is a wonderful thing to play at the World Cup, but losing the first match to Croatia wasn’t what I anticipated. We wanted a strong start, but it didn’t happen that way. Now we have to play hard in the next match against Iceland.
It will be wonderful to play in this World Cup and make Nigerians proud with great results. I feel honoured to be a part of this team, representing a big nation like Nigeria. So I feel the need to work harder and to making the Nigerian people happy.
The Russia 2018 stage is a very familiar one to you, being a citizen here by birth. How is the feeling like knowing that Amkar Perm fans and and your Russian friends are watching you now at the biggest stage of football? 
It’s a wonder feeling I just can’t describe. Yes, I was born and brought up here, but I have the highest honour of playing for Nigeria at the World Cup.
My family and my friends are happy to see me representing Nigeria at the World Cup. I felt the love of Nigerians when we played DR Congo in an international friendly in Uyo. Everything I have experienced with the Super Eagles add up as great feelings and it’s a big motivation to work very hard here representing the people of Nigeria. My friends and family have been writing me since we arrived in Russia. Everyone is wishing me good luck, so I have to keep my head up, keep working hard and keep improving
How do you appraise your performance and the team’s play against Croatia?
It was quite unfortunate that we conceded two goals through set-pieces against Croatia. It was most disappointing considering the fact that we worked on it in training sessions – that’s the most disappointing part. However, we will keep working hard at it, hopefully we will not concede any set -piece goal in the next game, nor any kind of goal.
I did my best against Croatia, everybody did their best. That wasn’t enough to win the match. We can be better as a team, and that is what we shall work on.
So what is precisely your expectation in the next game against Iceland who held Argentina in their first match of Group D? 
It’s going to be a very difficult match against a team that held its own against Argentina. Iceland is a very physical team and a team of fighters. Yes, it’s going to be a very difficult match for both teams. It’s a game that could decide the fate of either team in this group. It’s a difficult group. Both teams want to get something big from the match, but it will be decided on the pitch. I feel strongly that it’s going to be a nice game for us.
Your message to your fans and Nigerians out there ahead of your second Group D match against Iceland
They have been wonderful. They should keep supporting and believing in us. We shall try to deliver and make them proud.
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  • Although some of us fans are still hurting and some may have used “heavy language” in their critique in the match against Croatia, we are still solidly behind you guys.

    Go and do us/Africa proud on Friday please.

    • Naija Man 3 years ago

      DEO – I really like your passion and thorough analyses about our team – Super Eagles. Nevertheless, we must be honest with ourselves that NIGERIA WILL BOTTOM OUT ON THAT TABLE. We are going to lose to Iceland. The best we can get against them is a draw. Please record this and let’s meet again for conversation on Friday.

  • Rohr World cup is not for boys, plz if you can’t go offensive against Iceland plz resign, ur over respect against Croatia kill us.

  • Nigeria is out of the worldcup….I trust Rohr to experiment with a new 4-1-1-3-1 formation…the man is a gambler…

  • Jensen Josh 3 years ago

    Nonsense team I knew they had nothing to offer before

  • Nigeria  will fail,  Iceland  will beat us . common Iceland draw  with  ag. Na nigeria  wow draw with Iceland.  No hope

  • femi Ajimuda 3 years ago

    Please let’s remember that everyone have a freedom to speak out. The above writer just aired his opinion as everyone have, either on or off the media.

    To say that the team disappointed is an understatement. Since that defeat, i’ve not watched any other match in the on-going WC and its not because i’m a bad loser, NOT AT ALL. Why? You may ask. I’m putting pen to paper for the following reasons.
    a) Ighalo’s statement that ‘we lost to bad tactics by the coach’ is laughable. He decided to shift the blame of the loss elsewhere instead of accepting they all played badly.
    – we saw INDIVIDUALISM on display because some of them wants to be snatched up by good teams
    – we saw IMMOBILITY, where the ball is supposedly passed to a team mate and they were CONJURING the ball to come to them instead of them running towards it. That’s why you saw the opponents getting to the ball before our players.
    – did not place themselves STRATEGICALLY to receive a pass but always found sitting BEHIND their opponents
    – HOLDING on to the ball for tooooooo long that enabled the opponent attack and take it back most of the time
    – didnt cover up for each other. When the midfield was attacked, the others stayed aloof waiting for the midfielders to repulse it and retrieve the ball and same goes for the defence. I expected EVERYONE to cover for each other.

    Finally, i don’t think we are there yet. What killed the 1994, 1998, 2010 and 2014 dreams? LITTLE DETAILS
    1. Italy was desperate to equalise and threw men forward. With the Italian coach’s strategy to incapacitate us by technically removing Amokachie and Amuneke, his plan was half done. Yekini was isolated upfront. Ikpeba should have been introduced in the attack
    2. We lost it from the home front. OVERCONFIDENCE killed us in 1998. Coming from Atlanta Olympics with the gold medal, we thought the other teams in France will just roll over for us. Some of the players refused to join the camp even as close as 2weeks to the WC opener. They were still parading themselves in Nigeria and saying ‘WE WILL BRING BACK THE CUP’. THE RESULT? Thrashing by Denmark because we were not seriously focussed.
    3. Action of KAITA in South Africa seriously dented our participation. He thought he was playing in the Nigerian League where MURDER is allowed.
    4. In 2014, our reserve bench was weak and it killed us. The moment ONAZI left the pitch, the French took over and we lost. The person who replaced him never had the same impact on the match. The question is, IF MIKEL OBI is injured today, is there a capable replacement? A team is said to be as good as its reserve bench.


    Femi Ajimuda