Okocha: Super Eagles not there yet

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Former Nigeria star Augustine Okocha believes there are brighter days ahead the for Super Eagles despite its disappointing exit from the ongoing Fifa 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Nigeria crashed out of the World Cup after conceding two late goals against France in the second round clash on Monday in Brazilia.

Okocha said that the Super Eagles lost to the 1998 World Cup winners due to poor tactics and lack of basic knowledge of the game.

“The pressure was too much on us. It’s not like we were not defending in numbers. we were like separating the pitch into two – attacking and defending.

“I think is the little details that make the difference. Getting the basics right, when defending and attacking,” Okocha said on SuperSport.

“The sad thing about the two goals the French team scored was from set-play. If we are talking about improvement, those are the area we need to improve. As a nation, not just Nigeria, we have seen so many goals conceded through set-play.

“That is the difference been World Champions and African champions. If I may put it that way, we are not there yet; it’s a learning curve for us. I know we have a lot room for improve,” the 2004 BBC African Footballer of the Year concluded.

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