Social Media May Ruin Super Eagles Chance
Nigeria News takes a look at the Super Eagles and their level of seriousness at the ongoing world cup in Russia.
The Nigeria Football Federation may ban Super Eagles players from engaging with the social media platforms for the meantime.
Reports from the Eagles camp in Russia shows that the team is in emotional crisis, following its dismal performance against Croatia in which it lost 0-2 last Saturday.
According to reports, the players have been reading comments of football fans over their display against Croatia and this may affect them in the next match against Iceland on Friday.
“It is obvious, the players are not happy but their problem is compounded by the rains of abuses by football fans, most of who are Nigerians,” a source said.
This is the time the Nigeria senior national football team needs support and motivation, which of course they have not been getting.
They do not have fund crisis but there is a crisis of who to play and who not to play presently in their camp.
Some of the ex-internationals, like Austin JJ Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo who visited them in camp, advised Coach Gernot Rohr to be bold enough to drop some players who failed to perform during the match against Croatia.
Unfortunately, the best Nigeria player against Croatia, Oghenekaro Etebo scored the own goal that gave the Croats the lead before the European won a penalty to double the lead.
It was observed by the Super Eagles psychologist that the players gave much attention to social media comments and this made them felt rejected. The team is the youngest in the tournament. The players will need to be conscious of their assignment by disregard whatever comment anybody may have against their performance now.
On Friday, they will be playing against tall, strong and disciplined Iceland. Super Eagles are not expected to lose focus because a draw or loss may see them out of the Mundial.
At a closed-door meeting between the players, their officials and the NFF, issue of social media attention was discussed and it appears that the players will let go their telephone handsets for now and concentrate on how to win the next match.
It will be recalled that some of the players were seeing dancing “Shakushaku”, just after the national anthem before the match against Croatia.
This is not the time for pleasure. The Eagles must learn from the Teranga Lions of Senegal that beat Poland against all odds. The Senegalese team played with all seriousness that eventually earned it three points.
For Eagles to do well on Friday, the players must be in the right mood and play to capacity. Of course one of the ways to ensure this is to allow the players to play their natural roles and exhibit the skills they are made of.
Some of the players complained that they could not do well against Croatia because of the formation and the roles the coach adopted.
A good example is Odion Ighalo who said that alone striker could not work at this level of football campaign and that he would need the coach to field two strikers.