Abuja - Football fans on Sunday called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to start preparations for the Brazil 2014 World Cup in earnest shortly after the Super Eagles’ qualification on Saturday.
Some of them, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja decried the team’s performance in the second leg match of the qualifiers played in Calabar.
NAN recalls that the Eagles beat the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia 2-0 on Saturday to have a 4-1 aggregate win to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mikail Salau, the chief operating officer, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), said the qualification marked the beginning of the journey for the team.
``Qualifying for the World Cup is the beginning of the journey for the Super Eagles and the preparations for the Mundial have to start now.
``We now expect the NFF to liaise with the technical crew to put finishing touches to their preparation strategy in terms of funding and some other things.
``The team has to play some quality friendlies with stronger oppositions and they should try to tackle the weaknesses in the team because the team is still a work in progress,’’ Salau said.
A banker at Access Bank, Akin Jolade, said the team’s performance during the match did not portray them as a strong side to face better teams.
``We should just thank God that the result ended up in our favour, but I don’t see the team as strong and able to withstand pressure from stiffer oppositions.
``But I believe we have a good team, it is just that they could not do more probably because they did not have much time together.
``Now that we have qualified, it is now left for the NFF to do all that needs to be done to ensure that this team gets better before the World Cup starts.
``This is because I do not see this team going far in the World Cup with the way they played on Saturday, except with an improved level of play,’’ Jolade said.
A civil servant, Alfred Alonge, said the attacking force of the team should be strengthened ahead of the World Cup.
``By now, coach Stephen Keshi should have known the kind of players that can work for him instead of still testing.
``Now, we don’t have time to do that anymore, because the work has to start now if we want to go far in Brazil in 2014,’’ he said.