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Why Eagles will struggle to qualify for 2018 World Cup — Emordi

Former Technical Adviser of Enyimba FC, Okey Emordi has said it will be difficult for the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup…

Former Technical Adviser of Enyimba FC, Okey Emordi has said it will be difficult for the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup because it would take time for the players to imbibe the pattern of play to be introduced by the new coach.
The Super Eagles played won their first competitive match under new man Gernot Rohr last Saturday when they defeated Tanzania 1-0 in their final match of the 2017 AFCON qualifiers.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the former Kano Pillars coach said it would take the special grace of God for the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup.
He explained that the coach is new to the players and so before they understand his football philosophy, the World Cup qualifiers would have ended.
Emordi said apart from that the kind of preparation for the qualifiers would also determine whether or not the Super Eagles would beat their group opponents to the World Cup ticket.
 “It will be very difficult for the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup. The team will be playing under a new coach and it would take them sometime to understand him.
“We all know how long Westerhof stayed in Nigeria before he qualified the Eagles for their first World Cup. This time coaches are hired for the purpose of qualifiers. There is no plan for development,” he stated.
Emordi also said against Tanzania, the Eagles created chances which they failed to convert and that should be a source of concern for the team’s handlers.
“I learnt they played well against Tanzania but were unable to score. This is definitely not good for a team that wants to qualify for the World Cup.
“They have to improve on their goal scoring abilities. At this level, you cannot create chances without scoring,” he said.

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