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Eagles risk qualifying for 2018 world cup, says Shorunmu


super-eaglesFormer Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, has called on the warring parties in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to resolve the issues in the interest of the country, saying the dispute could scuttled Nigeria’s ambition of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking to the Guardian yesterday, Shorunmu declared that the NFF should by now have been focused on plotting strategies to ensure the Eagles earn the World Cup ticket after failing to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup.

The former Super Eagles goalkeeper, who praised the NFF for organising friendly games for the Eagles against Mali and Luxembourg, noted that the move to reposition the team ahead of the qualifiers would not be achieved if the team did not have a substantive coach to wean the players on the pattern he wants them to play.

Shorunmu stated that other countries that know their onions have started putting structures in place for their teams to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers.

“The crises in the NFF is capable of ruining the Eagles’ qualification bid for the World Cup. The NFF as a professional body should seek measures to keep the Eagles in good shape before the World Cup qualifiers.

“This involves appointing a substantive coach for the team and also getting the best players that will carry out the assignment. Nigeria’s domestic players have been making positive impact on the Super Eagles and so they need to be given more encouragement,” he said.

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