Ogenyi Onazi has made assurances that the Nigerian team are in a prepared state for their upcoming international friendly matches ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are scheduled to face DR Congo, England and the Czech Republic in May and June as buildup to the World Cup.
Onazi stated that the Super Eagles are focused and raring to go in the warm-up matches before the World Cup.
He also described the friendly against England as “very important” and believes that the pre-World Cup games will get the Nigerian side into a good shape for the biggest football competition in the world.
“We are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games.
“I have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I tell people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play. What is key for us is to get into the right psychological state to confront every opposition that lie ahead, including those that will be waiting at the FIFA World Cup,” Onazi told thenff.com.
The Trabzonspor man played down talks of “over-confidence” in the Nigerian squad after successes against Argentina and Poland in international friendly matches in recent months.
But the 25-year-old midfielder made it clear that the Super Eagles “are a very ambitious team.”
“There is nothing like over-confidence. What I can say is that we are a very ambitious team and we will always be ready to play any team. Yes, we defeated Argentina and Poland, but that has not in any way generated feelings of over-confidence in the camp. We are focused and have our heads on our shoulders.
“For us, humility and hard work will be the winning words going ahead. Our preparation is going on well and we are happy with that. At the World Cup, we will come up against different teams with different styles and approaches of play. It is important that we are adequately prepared and we appreciate the games that the NFF has lined up for us,” said Onazi.
Nigeria will play hosts to DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28 before squaring up against England’s Three Lions in a high-profile friendly at the Wembley Stadium in London on June 2.
The Super Eagles will go up against the Czech Republic in Vienna on June 6.
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