Friday 23 June 2017

Super Eagles Need The Right Mentality To Beat Cameroom - Ike Shorunmu

Super Eagles former Goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu has said that the current Super Eagles team under the leadership of Gernot Rohr need to play the African way if they desired to beat Cameroun in their 2018 World Cup qualifying series’ double-header in late August and early September.
Nigeria will host Cameroun at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo on August 28 and move to Yaoundé for the reverse fixture a week later. Shorunmu said the Eagles would not be able to beat any team in the African qualifiers if they approached the remaining games with European mentality. He said that the Eagles need to add aggression to their game to survive the Camerounians at home, stressing that the team needs a psychologist to work on the mentality of the players in the European leagues before their next game.

He said “The Super Eagles cannot beat Cameroun if the mentality of the players were not changed. You cannot expect players in European leagues to approach the African qualifiers the same way they play in their clubs… it can never work. I was very ashamed of the Eagles at the last AFCON defeat at home to South Africa… that was not the Eagles we are used to. A Nigerian team is always rugged and focused to win games. Playing against an African team is different from European system. Rohr needs to transform the mindset of his players to understand that African football is a different ball game. The return of Victor Moses and Mikel would not change anything against Cameroon if the players were not prepared in the art of playing against African teams. Playing against Cameroun, which is a tough team in Africa, needs committed players. Gathering all the stars in Europe to play for Nigeria is not enough to win matches”.

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