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Olatunji-Okuku: Why Super Eagles were relaxed against Benin Republic?

Nigeria were not serious against Benin Republic since they had procured a spot in Cameroon 2022 preceding commencement, as per experienced football chairman Samuel Olatunji-Okuku. 

Hours before the Super Eagles took on the Squirrels in Porto-Novo, the three-time African bosses were expecting a success or an attract to meet all requirements for the Africa Cup of Nations. 

Nonetheless, Lesotho's 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone procured Gernot Rohr's men an early ticket even before kick-off against Michel Dussuyer's men – and that changed the appearance of the game at the Stade Charles de Gaulle. 

Despite the fact that Paul Onuachu's late moment strike gave Nigeria a thin 1-0 victory, yet, a few football fans communicated their disappointment with the presentation of Rohr's side. Be that as it may, the Tripple 44 Academy CEO has an alternate view. 

"We previously qualified before the beginning of the match, so that decreased the seriousness of the game," Olatunji-Okuku told Goal after the game. 

"The Super Eagles were somewhat loose and they played effortlessly on the grounds that we have barely anything to play for aside from our pride - that is the thing that everybody can find in the game. 

"Truth be told, they [Nigeria] played better today despite the fact that I anticipated that we should make more possibilities and score a few objectives prior. 

"We should not fail to remember that Benin Republic were safeguarding profoundly with 10 men behind the ball and this shouldn't be an unexpected given the way that the mentor previously said they won't be hostile against Gernot Rohr's men." 

"In any case, we might have attempted to score more and ensure the Super Eagles were frightening again," he added. 


"Be it cordial or serious matches, I anticipate that Super Eagles should be more forceful and willing to win against each adversary. 

"We should play more and show that we are the goliath of Africa so whoever needs to play against us ought to get stressed. Yet, I think we need to work more on our possibility creation and goalscoring too." 

Olatunji-Okuku went above and beyond proposing the Eagles have the profundity of value to run Africa in Cameroon, yet he called attention to what should be done to accomplish that. 

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"We should take a great deal of inspiration from the presentation and the crew that was collected," he added. 

"Without sounding improper, Nigeria have the stuff to win the Africa Cup of Nations one year from now. 

"We simply need to figure out how to ensure this arrangement of players play together, make more possibilities, pass the ball somewhat quicker and score more. Each country ought to be terrified of these arrangement of Eagles."

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