POOR organization and not “lack of talent” has been
identified as the reason behind the failure of Nigeria’s
Super Eagles to progress beyond the round of 16 at
the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.
This is the verdict of the Arsenal manager, Arsene
Wenger who has been carrying out a post-mortem of
the African champions’ showing in Brazil.
Wenger said the Super Eagles could have progressed
farther than they did in the competition in Brazil if
conditions were ideal.
Marcos Rojo of Argentina goes for a header against
Emmanuel Emenike of Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA
World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and
Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in
Porto Alegre, Brazil. (FIFA)
“Nigeria had no solidarity. They showed the whole
world the problems they had before the World Cup
and it was the same with Cameroun.
“The problem was not lack of talent but with poor
tactical organization,” Wenger said..
Wenger however identified positives in the play of the
Eagles in Brazil and praised the team’s first half
display against eventual conquerors, France.
“Nigeria was not too bad against France. They had a
good first half but could not maintain the momentum
in the second half,” he said.
Nigeria have never progressed beyond the round of
16 at the World Cup.