Joseph Yobo has charged the Super Eagles to look beyond the hypes on the various players and countries coming to Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup and remain fearless in their games if they must make an impact at the Mundial.
Yobo, a former captain of the Super Eagles told Daily Sunsport in a chat in Lagos yesterday that while the pedigree of teams is a boost to players, the Eagles must not let it distract them from their set goals.
The defender who won 100 caps for Nigeria before quitting the national team while admitting that the team’s defenceline is not as robust as many would expect said there is no cause for worry.
“I want to believe that our defenders will improve. We must understand that our team is a young one. There aren’t a good number of experienced players in the team but we do have some good defenders and they would do well but need to get better to enable the strikers score and then maintain the momentum. That helps the confidence of the team.
“For the young players going to the World Cup, there won’t be much pressure on them but the team as a whole must be fearless if they want to make an impact.”
While maintaining that giving the team a target of winning the World Cup would amount to undue pressure, Yobo insisted that every team that have qualified for the World Cup dream of winning it but that the Eagles must take it one game at a time.
“It’s important for the Eagles to secure a win in her first game against Croatia. A win would boost the confidence of the players and their quality of play. Every team is feared but the players must do their best to come out of the group before looking at the next level. Argentina has had the upper hand against us but I think the confidence the players exude would help them to get to the next round.”