Former Nigeria international Sam Sodje has called on the Super Eagles to play as a team at the 2018 World Cup if they are to succeed in the competition.
Nigeria had not won any of their last four pre-World Cup games, heaping more pressures on them.
Speaking ahead of the competition which begins on Wednesday, the former Portsmouth defender said the Eagles are not following the basics of defending which could spell doom for them if not corrected before the competition.
“If we still don’t realise that to be a successful team – to surpass our performance in previous editions of World Cup – we need to know how important it is to defend properly and defend as a team,” he told Brila FM.
“This doesn’t come because you pick good defenders, but this happens when you have a solid defensive coach to coach the players on how to defend properly.
“Eagles were so poor the whole game against England. They didn’t even have the very little basic of defending. This is a fact, not just Nigeria but a lot of teams now forget the basic fundamental defending.”
According to him, “The Eagles are young, we can see their desire to do well and improve. I really pray and hope they do well. But they can’t give what they don’t have so hopefully the coaching crew which I was proud of how they did something about the poor start against England and got it right should help these young lads to do well in Russia. All the same, I am wishing the team all the best at the World Cup.”