Former Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo has called on the Super Eagles to pay close attention to their World Cup opponents Iceland.
The Super Eagles have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland but the centre of attention has been about the other two teams prompting Yobo to sound a note of warning.
The former Everton and Fenerbahce defender was speaking about the Super Eagles and the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia at a recent SuperSport event via ThisDay.
In his words, Yobo said: “I played against Argentina in three World Cups. Now, Nigeria is meeting them for the fourth time. May be this is the time for Nigeria to record her first victory over the Albeceleste. If we don’t concede an early goal against Argentina, we should be able to get a draw least.
“Croatia, Iceland, anything can happen. Croatia we know but Iceland is the surprise package of Group D.” he added.
On the issue of fragility in defence, Yobo said: “I disagree with those worrying about Super Eagles defence. What is important is experience. Yes, we may not have experienced senior players in that area but we have talented, fearless young players who can hold their own against any team. I really don’t think the defence is as bad as is being portrayed.”
When asked about the approach to adopt at the tournament, Yobo said: “It should be one game at a time. You don’t go to the World Cup and be dreaming of playing in the final when you are not done with what you have right before you first in the group stage.”
“Win your first game first and prepare for the next one without thinking of the third game. It should be one at a time. I don’t think it is good to loose the first game and begin to panic.
“If Super Eagles can win the first game, the confidence and quality will build and Nigerians will see quality in them as the competition progresses.” he further statedm
On a possible Eagles recall for his former teammate Vincent Enyeama, Yobo said: “I think it is good that we respect Vincent Enyeama’s decision not to continue playing for the national team. His experience is there but if he has decided not to comeback, good to respect his position.”
Yobo then revealed that he was pained by the absence of ailing Carl Ikeme. He said: “I really feel bad because of the ailment that has sidelined Carl from going to the World Cup. He really did well in the number of matches he was in charge for Nigeria. He was exceptional.”
“It is another chance, another opportunity for another star to emerge. Don’t forget that was how I got my chance to break into the senior national team,” concludes Yobo.
On SuperSport’s media coverage for the tournament. He said: “This is wonderful coming from SuperSport for Nigerians who will not be in Russia but now have the opportunity to follow all the actions from the comfort of their homes.”
“They have made it affordable for all of us to watch the World Cup. If you cannot be there, get the DSTv and watch live proceedings.” he concluded.