A former Super Eagles coach, Clemens Westerhof, has raised the alarm that Nigeria stand the risk of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup to be staged in Russia with Sunday Oliseh in charge.
Westerhof, who guided the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Tunisia in 1994 as well as a second round appearance in the 1994 FIFA World Cup debut in the United States of America, said the Super Eagles’ start to the qualifiers does not give confidence the team will win the race to Russia.
“Congratulations, you beat Swaziland 2-0 in the return leg match of the preliminary round of the qualifiers,” Westerhof told completesports.com “But does that really call for celebration? Yes, there are no minnows in football but who are Swaziland to hold the Super Eagles to a goalless draw (in Swaziland)?
“The Super Eagles won 2-0 in (Port Harcourt) Nigeria but is it not a game the Super Eagles should be winning 6-0, 7-0 under normal circumstances?
What type of football do they play in Swaziland?” Reminded that the Super Eagles are undergoing rebuilding following the arrival of a new manager to take charge of technical affairs of the team, Westerhof said there’s no sign the team will get better.
“Swaziland is not the first match Super Eagles have played under Oliseh. There has not been any difference between their first game under him and the game with Swaziland. “I’m sorry, with Oliseh, the Super Eagles may not go to the World Cup in Russia,” Westerhof stressed.