Ex-internationals, Nwankwo Kanu and Taiwo Ogunjobi, have called for early preparation for the Super Eagles ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in August.
Kanu said the team should take advantage of its position on the Group B table of the Russia 2018 where Super Eagles are currently top with six points from two matches, four points ahead of their closest rival and next opponent, Cameroon.
The former Arsenal striker told New Telegraph that the loss against South Africa afforded the technical crew opportunity to access the team and move ahead.
“We have to start preparation early for the game against Cameroon because the game against South Africa has exposed us,” he said.
“We should take the loss as a wake-up call because the team was not doing badly before that loss, we are still top of our World Cup qualifying group which is a big advantage for us.
“The wake-up call is for them to sit up and work harder against Cameroon because we cannot afford to miss out of the World Cup.”
Ogunjobi on the other hand said the team should know that the fans are looking forward to the Russia 2018 qualifier with great expectations.
He added that the Super Eagles could not afford to play to the gallery in that match since there so much at stake.
The Osun State FA chairman said: “Nigerians are looking forward to that match, we cannot toy with it and I believe we have the material that can deal with Cameroon.
“We have to let the boys know what it is at stake and the reason why we need to get the victory against the Lions. No doubt, Cameroon are doing well after winning the AFCON, but that notwithstanding, we cannot afford to lose out of the World Cup.
“I will advice the coach to play the best legs that will make us proud and also for the Nigeria Football Federation to plan on time and prepare the team for the game using all the machinery at their disposal.”
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