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George Weah gives Nigeria tips to win World Cup - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 05/03/2018

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The new president of Liberia, George Weah has shared his thoughts on how Nigeria can win the senior FIFA World Cup.

Though the former World Footballer of the year never had the chance to play at the biggest soccer tournament, he identifies early preparation and adequate motivation as some of the essential ingredient that could see Nigeria emerge as the first African country to win the Mundial.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday, Weah said; I think Nigerian team is a model, we all followed them. I have played with great Nigerian players, I played against them. Now you have a new generation, the fact that they qualified (for the World Cup) is a good thing for Nigeria.

He continued; "But I hope that they will prepare very early because they are going to represent Africa and we will be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it is possible. 

"But I think the seriousness to go to  World Cup is not to pay players to go, I want every African government to know, if you win World Cup is a pride to Africa is not just to Nigeria, so we must do everything to ensure that the players are not stressed, make sure they concentrate, make sure their incentives are given to them to motivate them.

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Weah noted that it is disheartening when officials try to play smart; short-changing players of their right and bonuses.

"Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money, they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem

"When players are going to camp is to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry.

Weah who played for top European teams like AC Milan, PSG and Chelsea among others noted that players perform better when they are not distracted with issues around their entitlements.

 "Remember I played in European setting when we go camp we have nothing to do. The only thing we have to do is to take a shower and prepare for the game, everything is laid down here and so you have no excuse.


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 "So let the players not have an excuse, support them and let them go and bring back that cup. Weah concluded.

Nigeria is set for her sixth World Cup appearance in Russia.

The Super Eagles are in Group D where they are housed alongside Iceland, Croatia and two-time World champions Argentina.

While Nigeria has never made it beyond the second round, three African teams, Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana have all made it as far as the quarter-finals.

The Super Eagles are keen to dwarf the achievements of these countries in Russia.