Nantes defender Chidozie Awaziem sees the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Serbia as crucial tests for the Super Eagles, gauging their readiness for the impending 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The national team is set to play Poland on March 23 in Warsaw, followed by a match against Serbia in London four days later.
Awaziem, who has earned two international caps for the Super Eagles, views these friendlies as an opportunity to showcase the team’s capabilities, aiming to replicate the outstanding performance against Argentina in November. Nigeria secured a 4-2 victory over Argentina in a friendly held in Krasnodar, Russia.
Expressing his anticipation, Awaziem stated, “The World Cup is around the corner, and everybody is eager to be there, so these friendlies will offer a great chance for us to prove we are ready. I believe we will show our qualities like we did against Argentina when we take on Poland and Serbia, who have great players like them too.”
Awaziem, who made his 20th Ligue 1 start for Nantes in a 1-0 win over Troyes on Saturday, emphasized his versatility, stating that he is comfortable playing in any system for the Super Eagles. The FC Porto defender showcased his adaptability in a 3-5-2 formation against Argentina in November, contributing to the team’s success.
As the Super Eagles gear up for these challenging friendlies, they aim to fine-tune their strategies and strengthen team cohesion, ultimately preparing for a strong and competitive performance in the upcoming World Cup.