Onazi: Super Eagles Ready For England Showdown, Other Friendlies

Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has stated that the team will be ready for the pre-World Cup friendlies against the Democratic Republic of Congo, England and Czech Republic, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The three-time African champions will entertain the DR Congo in Port Harcourt on May 28 at the Adokiye Amiesimaka, Port Harcourt before facing the Three Lions of England in a high-profile friendly on June 2nd at the Wembley Stadium.

Gernot Rohr’s men will also face Czech Republic on June 6 at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium, just outside Vienna.

“We are not focusing on any particular game; we are getting ready to face all the teams that we have to play before the World Cup. It is the right mentality to approach the games,” the Trabzonspor star told the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation.

“I have been asked several questions about the match against England, but I tell people that the England match is very important, just like the other matches that we have to play.

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“What is key for us is to get into the right psychological state to confront every opposition that lie ahead, including those that will be waiting at the FIFA World Cup.”

The Super Eagles enjoyed a stellar qualifying campaign navigating  their way through a tough qualifying group that had Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon.

They have also defeated Argentina and Poland in tune-up games ahead of the World Cup.

“There is nothing like over-confidence. What I can say is that we are a very ambitious team and we will always be ready to play any team,” Onazi added.

“Yes, we defeated Argentina and Poland, but that has not in any way generated feelings of over-confidence in the camp. We are focused and have our heads on our shoulders.

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“For us, humility and hard work will be the winning words going ahead. Our preparation is going on well and we are happy with that.

“At the World Cup, we will come up against different teams with different styles and approaches of play. It is important that we are adequately prepared and we appreciate the games that the NFF has lined up for us.”

The Super Eagles will face Iceland, Croatia and Argentina in Group D at the World Cup in June.

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