Abuja - Christian Chukwu, a former coach of the Super Eagles, says the team still needed better preparation to be able to overcome challenges at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Chukwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Monday that the Nigerian senior male football team had a lot of work ahead of it.
"The stake is higher now for the Super Eagles, now that they have qualified for the World Cup. It then means that a lot of work needs to be done.
"The higher you go in competitions like this, the higher the stake involved. So, as it stands now the team is a threat to other teams just as other teams are a threat to it," he said.
The former Green Eagles defender and captain said "even though there can never be a perfect team, it is still better that the players and coaches should keep working as hard as ever."
He however commended the Super Eagles and the the team’s technical crew for the qualification for the Brazil 2014 World Cup finals.
"Congratulations to the team, the players, the coaches and the Nigeria Football Association (sic).
"They all deserve to be congratulated although the team still needs a lot of work ahead of 2014," Chukwu said.
NAN reports that the Super Eagles defeated the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of the final qualifying round playoff on Saturday, November 16 in Calabar.
The Eagles had defeated the Antelopes 2-1 in the first leg game in Addis Ababa to thus win 4-1 aggregate and qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.