Super Eagles Coach Jose Peseiro has been speaking about the quality of players available to the Super Eagles ahead of tonight's friendly against Ecuador.
So, what can be deduced ?
The elements to take from Peseiro’s statements are: 1) Belief in resources: the Portuguese coach already believes in the players at his disposal.”If I am a Nigerian,” he said, “I will be happy with the Super Eagles because they have good players.” That is very encouraging. There is no point leading players whom you feel either aren’t ready for the job because they are young or aren’t up to the job because they don’t play in Real Madrid, Manchester City etc. According to late American journalist Frank Cane: “Nobody has things just as he would like them. The thing to do is to make a success with what material you have.” Which was why Zambia, Denmark and Greece made success with arguably limited talent at thier disposal in continental championships against all odds. 2) Organised approach glazed with consistency: the NFF and prudent planning and organisation parted company years ago. With thorough organization on and off the pitch, this Super Eagles can definitely reach for the skies under Peseiro. “We have too much qualify in the team but all that needs to improve are organisation, good system, consistency,” said Peseiro. The coach is definitely on the nose with that statement. He does have a system that worked well enough to win the Egyptian Premier League. He started slowly against Mexico but picked up the pace in the second half. With an organized approach built on the foundation of a good, flexible and adaptable system, the Super Eagles should be able to produce decent and compelling performances consistently. Clearly there will be ups and downs – as with any team – but the direction of travel should always be towards continuous improvement which should be inherent even in defeat. Against highly ranked Mexico, the Super Eagles were disciplined, organized and grounded – it was an encouraging start despite the defeat. In the next game, it will be interesting to see how the team would put the lessons learnt against Mexico to good use.