SUPER Eagles’ coaches on Tuesday, revealed that they would use Wednesday’s game against Sierra Leone to lay the foundation of Nigeria’s new attacking brand of football in their quest to rebuild the image of the country in the global game.
Assistant coach Simon Kalika, who alongside Samson Siasia and goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, took the players through their strides in Tuesday’s sessions said the emphasis in the team’s build-up is attacking football, with wing play getting more attention.
Pic: Obiora Nwankwo
“We are trying to return Nigeria to its traditional style of football, which depends more on using the wings to penetrate the opponent’s defence” Kalika said. “Luckily, we have some young boys, who are hungry for glory and I know that given more training sessions, we will get the team Nigerians want.”
Kalika declined to predict what would happen in Wednesday’s game, but assured Nigerians that the Eagles will beat Sierra Leone. Chief Siasia said that though the time was still early to begin to assess the team, Wednesday’s game against Sierra Leone would give Nigerians insight into what to expect from his team.
“This match is part of the process we started when we invited some home-based players to camp,” he said. “It is important that we play these games because it will show us what we have done and what we still have to do.
“I am not particular about the outcome of the game, but one thing I want to assure Nigerians is that, like every team I have coached, they will see a competitive side on Wednesday but the fans have to be patient with us as we build the team.”
However, there are indications that Obiora Nwankwo, Obinna Nsofor and Mikel Obi may not be part of this game due either to injury or late arrival to camp. Nwankwo and Nsofor stayed on the sidelines when other members of the team trained owing to injuries they sustained in their clubs before coming home for the match.