July 22, 2017

How Nigeria can win 2018 World Cup —Kalu

Former governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu  on Friday advised Nigeria on how they can win the 2018 World Cup, advising the Federal Government to invest in the Super Eagles.

He said that Enyimba winning the African Champions League back to back when in charge in Abia state was not a magic but an outcome of good strategies.

He said the motivation of players and the entire team must be key,  stressing that players would give the best if they are well handled.

Kalu, popularly known as African pillar of sports said, “People don’t know that the coach you see when you are watching football is not the same coach you will see after 90 minutes. When they are on the pitch, they are no longer human beings,  they are thinking about consequences of losing, their salaries, benefits, where else to get a job and so forth”.

Kalu, who was responding to  journalists in a conference call from Washington DC,  tipped the Super Eagles  to lift lift the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia.

According to him, football is a big business, insisting  that if the  Super Eagles are in good shape, Nigeria can make history in 2018.

The former governor said: “If we are given the opportunity we can bring the cup back to Nigeria. We have the materials, we have everything to do it. We have the people, we have the resources.  It is just applying it at the right place.

“We can do it if President Muhammadu Buhari sets his mind on it. Nigeria can come back with the World Cup, this is not the first time I am saying it, we can do anything in soccer. It might sound impossible but it is very possible. I am sure most Nigerians will be very happy to see Nigeria coming back with the world cup”.