In an interview with Punch, former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, narrated what he saw when he visited Nigeria’s team at their camp. According to Taribo, he saw the spirit of the US ’94 squad in the current national team when he visited their camp.
He also provided reasons he believes the team fell 2-1 to England at Wembley last Saturday.
Taribo, who represented Nigeria at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, said the Nigerian squad would have learnt from their mistakes against England, saying he expects a more from the squad as they face Czech Republic this afternoon.
“In the first half, the Eagles had so much respect for the English and weren’t coordinated in the middle and sometimes at the back, but all that changed after the coach made some changes and we saw what the team could do. The Czech game would be different, I expect to see a better Eagles side on Wednesday,” he said.
He also backed the team to do well at the World Cup in Russia despite questions over the team’s ability to advance from Group D, a group that includes Croatia, Iceland and two-time world champions Argentina.
“This team will surprise bookmakers and people who have written them off. I had a chance meeting with some members of the squad in Abuja before they headed for London and I can see the spirit of the 1994 set in them. I believe they will do well in Russia.”