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F’Eagles Mustn’t Be Complacent –Dike

Posted: May 21, 2015 at 1:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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After recording an unbeaten run in its training tour of Germany, former Golden Eaglets coach, Alphonsus Dike, has warned the Flying Eagles not to get carried away by its impressive performance in its training matches.

Alphonsus Dike

Alphonsus Dike

The team defeated Hoffeiheim 5-2 before thrashing Nurnberg and Freiberg 5-0 and 4-1 respectively.

However, Dike said that the teams beaten by the Flying Eagles might equally have been experimental teams using the game to assess its own side. He expressed satisfaction with the team’s ability to score goals, noting that it gives one reason to be sure of the its ability to score when things become tight in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“The teams the Flying Eagles played may not be very serious; the teams may just want to use the matches to assess themselves and it may not have given its best or even used its best players,” Dike said.

Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has said that the Flying Eagles had improved tremendously, saying the team reminds him of the mighty Barcelona.

Anyansi was in Germany and watched the team wrap up its build-up matches.

Anyansi said that he was impressed with the remarkable progress the team had made under Coach Manu Garba.

“From the quality of what I saw there has been tremendous improvements in the team and I am confident this team will represent the country very well at the World Cup in New Zealand.

“Watching them play reminds me of Barcelona, but you have to have that quality of Barcelona to take the ball from your goal and go and score at the other end.

“It was very important that they created so many chances, but in a match situation the team should make use of these chances.

“I’m not being boastful but from what I have seen this team should get to the final of the World Cup.”

The Flying Eagles is pitched against five-time champions Brazil, North Korea and Hungary in the first round of the tournament, which begins on May 30.