Oduamadi- Confederation Cup Experience Will Favour Eagles in Brazil Next Summer.

2013 FIFA Confederation Cup revelation, Nnamdi Oduamadi, became a household name after scoring hat-trick of a goals in the 6-1 drubbing of Tahiti on June 17 at the Estadio Mineirao Stadium in Brazil.

The on-loan Brescia forward is optimistic the Super Eagles could use the experience gained at the World Cup dress rehearsal to a better advantage when they return to the South American nation next summer.

In a recent interview with MTNFootball.com, the 23-year-old Pepsi Football Academy revelation said Nigeria is not scared of any opponent ahead of the draws for the 2014 tournament, scheduled for next Friday and also tipped Confederation Cup finalists, Brazil and Spain, for the title.

Nnamdi Oduamadi Scored His First International Goal in a World Cup Qualifier Against Kenya in Calabar.
Nnamdi Oduamadi Scored His First International Goal in a World Cup Qualifier Against Kenya in Calabar.

When asked if Nigeria’s experience in Brazil earlier in the year will be an advantage, he said: “Yes, it will help us because they saw us as African champion and we showed them. We are also used to cities and won a lot of fans to our side, who will come to cheer us when World Cup starts.”

Brazil outplayed the ‘La Roja’ in the final match of the FIFA Confederation Cup in an encounter which ended 3-0 in favour of the host, signalling the end of ‘Ticki Taka’ and the rise of the ‘Samba’. However, the World Cup will not be far from the two football superpowers’ reach, opined Odu.

“I will pick champions Spain and Brazil. They have quality players and will always be favourites for any tournament,” he noted.

The African champions know there faith in three days’ time but Oduamadi does not want Nigerians to nurse any fear about teams to avoid.

“We fear no team. We are ready to face any team we are drawn against in our group.”

Early in the 2013/14 season, the Nigeria international’s hope of playing alongside Mario Balotelli at parent club AC Milan was dashed, after he had to opt for another loan move to Serie B side Brescia, having spent the whole of the 2012/13 season at another lower league side Varese.

The Lagos-born footballer insist the appeal of a first-team shirt, which could go on to increase his chances of featuring at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, prompted his decision to join Brescia in the summer.

“That didn’t come to pass because I was unable to stay at AC Milan because Robinho didn’t move as expected and I decided to accept another loan move because I don’t want to stay on the bench as this would affect my national team ambition.

“It has not been a bad experience here for me a Brescia, it’s a team with the ambition to secure Serie A promotion, but we have not been finding things easy in the league. We have drawn many games that we expected to win, but I am optimistic we will improve and get it right in the remaining games before the break.