Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Matches Wallchart: Nigeria v England  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather

Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Nigeria to fight to the end
Adegboye Onigbinde comforts his players
Privately the players say they are struggling to motivate themselves

separator
space

Nigeria's Super Eagles have reiterated their promise to give England a tough final game in the "Group of Death", despite having no chance of making the second round themselves.

Open Quote
We are not working for England or Argentina or Sweden
Close Quote
Nigeria coach Adegboye Onigbinde
England are well placed to make it into the last 16, but could go out if Argentina and Sweden draw and they lose to Nigeria.

Coach Onigbinde says there is no way his side is going to be a push-over.

"We have to fulfil our responsibility," Onigbinde confirmed.

"We are here to play the three matches in the first round, and we have the responsibility to field our best team in each game."

Responsibility

But he says he and the players are not thinking about trying to prevent England from making the next round.

"The fact that we might be able to stop England from qualifying is not our responsibility.

"We are not after any particular team. I have said this all along. We do not have anything against any specific country.

"We are going to play our normal game and get whatever result we get out of it.

"We are not working for England or Argentina or Sweden. We are going to be ourselves".

New generation

But many of the players are saying privately that they are finding it difficult to motivate themselves for the game, with nothing at stake for Nigeria.

Captain Jay Jay Okocha says it will be his last game for Nigeria, and he will make way for the next generation of players.

All the younger squad members can hope for is to put in a good individual performance so that they might get spotted by a big European club.

And for the coaching staff the next goal is the 2004 Nations Cup, with qualifying matches beginning in three months time.


E-mail this story to a friend
INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
NIGERIA V ENGLAND
 TEAMS
 NIGERIA
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 TEAMS
 ENGLAND
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
GROUP F
  P GD PTS
SWEDEN 3 +1 5
ENGLAND 3 +1 5
ARGENTINA 3 0 4
NIGERIA 3 -2 1




© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy