Former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Bolaji Ojo-Oba has said the Super Eagles might be shown the exit door in the first round of the 2014 Fifa World Cup if they underrate any of their group opponents.
Coach Stephen Keshi’s men are pooled in Group F alongside Bosnia, Iran and Argentina of the 20th edition of the quadrennial global football showpiece.
According to him, the 2-1 defeat of the Eagles to USA in their last friendly match was a blessing for Keshi’s side as it will afford them the opportunity to correct their mistakes before taking on Iran in their first game of the tournament.
“My biggest fear is that we have continued to underrate some of the teams in our group which ought not to be. None of the 32 countries in Brazil can pass for a pushover. So, we cannot afford to underrate any of them,” Ojo-Oba told TheSun.
When asked to rate the level of preparedness of the team, he said the team have all it takes to do well in Brazil while urging Keshi to raise a good team that will make the nation proud.
“I will say so far so good, the coach has done a tremendous job to put in place a solid team. The good thing is that the team keeps improving with every match.
“Although we lost the tie against USA, the encounter will give the technical crew the ample opportunity to correct one or two mistakes ahead of the real battle.
“Even though I cannot stake my neck, I want to however say that the team will do well. Doing well is elastic and I know that it is too early to predict if the team will play in the quarterfinals or semifinals.
“We will think of how to cross the river when we get to the bridge. Let us take game after game,” he concluded.
Nigeria arrived Brazil on Wednesday morning and will play Iran in Group F’s oppening game on June 16 at the Arena da Baixada in Curtiba.