Eagles were forced to a 0-0 draw by Iran in their first game of the tournament played at the Arena da Baizada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Though the passionate sports administrator was not impressed with the team’s performance against Team Melli, he believes the Eagles would spring up a surprise in their next match by beating Bosnia Herzegovina to brighten their qualification chances.
“Sincerely speaking that wasn’t a good result because I expected the Eagles to beat Iran. At this stage a draw is not good enough. They needed to win to make qualification for the next round much easier,” Elegbeleye told newsmen in Abuja.
“Not to worry I still believe that the boys have the quality to turn things around and bounce back and get victory in their next match against Bosnia Herzegovina.
“I have the confident that they can do it. They played and have better possession (63percent as against Iran’s 37percent) but unfortunately they did not win,” he continued.
“At this stage ball possession don’t can’t but victory does. So you need to score goals because if you don’t score goals you don’t win matches.
“The team like I said has the quality to score goals and win matches so they should go all out and prove their worth by winning the next match against Bosnia. The team needs to show in our play the zeal the Super Eagles in known for in our next match. So I am looking forward to a better Super Eagles in the match against Bosnia.
“We created several chances that we couldn’t score. We had more shot on goal which we couldn’t score. So the players need to bring themselves together and the match of their lives to beat Bosnia and brighten Nigeria’s qualification for the second round of the World Cup”, the top NSC official charged.
Nigeria will face Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá on Saturday in a must win game.