Lagos - Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, on Thursday called on the Flying Eagles to ensure that they prepared adequately for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup beginning in Turkey in June.
Shorunmu made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that the U-20 World Cup would hold from June 21 to July 7 in Turkey, with the Flying Eagles playing in Group B, alongside Cuba, Portugal and South Korea.
Shorunmu, also the goalkeeper trainer of the Super Eagles, added that the failure to defend their Africa Youth Championship (AYC) title should spur them to work harder.
``I believe that their performance at the AYC should not make them to doubt their ability as a powerful contender for the World Cup.
``The team has to remain focused and intensify its effort because so far, they seem not to have got it right.
``I believe that with a little more effort, the team will make a good come back.
``I’m sure that the technical crew must be mapping out strategies for them to return with a bang at the World Cup,’’ he said.
Shorunmu also urged the Flying Eagles to use the forthcoming World Cup as an opportunity to redeem their image that was battered at the AYC.
He implored the team to shun all sorts of distractions that could divert its attention from preparing for the World Cup.