Nigeria Football Federation technical committee chairman, Christopher Green believes the Super Eagles would convincingly win next month’s World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda.
Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi had been widely commended for exposing local players in preparatory matches with impressive results against Angola and Liberia, but the knives came out after straight defeats to Egypt and Peru.
However, Green has allayed fears of any inconsistencies when he told SuperSport.com that the friendly matches and the competitive ones are two different things, and that Keshi would now bring his influence to bear positively on the team.
“The results of the friendly matches are not important since they have mainly been used to test out players and tactics, so it is even good to fail at this stage in order to highlight the shortcomings of the team,” he said.
“Keshi has played six friendly games and a competitive one, so there would be no excuse for poor performance in the upcoming World Cup and Nations Cup Qualifiers.
“We aren’t gambling with these matches because it’s serious business; Keshi knows this so only the best will play as we have to beat Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda very well.
“Winning by one goal may not be good enough, we must use our best players and best team to get a good result,” he pointed out.
The former Sharks FC Secretary insists that following Keshi’s experimentation, there is fierce competition for places that would produce a more business conscious Super Eagles.
“I respect Keshi for changing the attitude of the players as they now realise they are on national assignment,” he said.
“There is intense competition for places; there are no big players anymore, so I have confidence in the coach’s ability to deliver the goods.
“Let us all support him as he transforms the Eagles into a side we can all be proud of.”
Nigeria play Namibia on Sunday in Calabar in the World Cup qualifiers.
The Brave Warriors are expected to arrive the country on Thursday.