Tormer Nigeria centre-back Taribo West has backed the Super Eagles to put up a better performance against the Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday, after their 2-1 defeat to England.
The Eagles bounced back after a poor first half show that saw them fall 2-0 behind the Three Lions at Wembley, but Alex Iwobi’s early strike after the break was not enough to deny the English victory in the pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday.
Taribo, who represented Nigeria at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, believes the squad would have learnt from their mistakes against England, saying he expects a more assured outing against the Czechs.
“In the first half, the Eagles had so much respect for the English and weren’t coordinated in the middle and sometimes at the back, but all that changed after the coach made some changes and we saw what the team could do. The Czech game would be different, I expect to see a better Eagles side on Wednesday,” Taribo told our correspondent.
He also backed the team to do well at the World Cup in Russia despite questions over the team’s ability to advance from Group D, which includes two-time world champions Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
“This team will surprise bookmakers and people who have written them off. I had a chance meeting with some members of the squad in Abuja before they headed for London and I can see the spirit of the 1994 set in them. I believe they will do well in Russia,” the Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medallist stated.
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