Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Joe Erico said that the Nigerian senior national team must be wary of Cameroon and not only Algeria if they must qualify for the next world cup in Russia comes 2018.
Nigeria obviously have been missing in action in the ongoing African Nations cup, however, there is much work to be done by the new crop of players and technical crew if the country will be represented at a larger stage in the next world cup, Erico reiterated
There were rapturous scenes in some football circles in Lagos, following the resignation of Algeria coach, Georges Leekens after the Desert Foxes crashed out of the tournament in the first round. “It is a good omen for the Eagles,” one football fan said, in reaction to the development.
But the former Nigerian international, Erico warned, “we must not look at what has happened (Leekens’ resignation) as a good omen. It is no omen at all. We must prepare very well because after losing out in the Nations Cup, Algeria would do everything to qualify for the World Cup.
They will play to qualify for their coach.” He said he has been privileged to watch all the Eagles World Cup opponents and his verdict on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was frightening.
“Cameroon will be tougher than Algeria given their performance in the tournament,” he said, adding, “the Eagles match against Cameroon is what will determine their position in the group.
Eagles have to be very ready for them because should they progress to the final and perhaps, win the tournament, the coach could decide to use this same squad to prosecute the World Cup qualifiers. They are stronger than Algeria.”