Former Super Eagles coach Adeboye Onigbinde has urged Nigerian fans to rally behind the team ahead of their second Group D match with Iceland at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia in their opening group game meaning there’s little margin for error when they face Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Friday evening.
Onigbinde, who led the team to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, was speaking about the Super Eagles in a chat with NAN in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In his words, he said: “I am a patriotic Nigeria, but football is not mathematics. So, I wish the team well.”
Speaking further, the Modakeke-born chief said: “I have no contact with the team, so I can not talk about what they need to do against Iceland in their next game on Friday.”
”I’m here courtesy of the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who when I was marking my 80th birthday promised to take me to Russia as my birthday gift. So, I’m here on holiday.” he added.
Onigbinde however said that the outcome of the match would depend on the tactics adopted by the team.
He said: “It will all depend on what the coach and his assistants have in mind in terms of tactics. That is very important.
“But what is also crucial is the kind of support we all give to the team at this crucial moment.” Chief Onigbinde concluded.