A former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, on Monday said that the technical crew of the Super Eagles would have to work on the psyche of the players to instill a winning mentality.
Amiesimaka, a 1980 African Cup of Nations winner, said in Lagos that working on the psyche of the players would strengthen the team’s performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He said that the players should be positively disposed in their campaign at the World Cup, to excel in the quadrennial global football tournament.
Hgsaid: “What I have observed about our players is that they seem to be more conscious of not losing than winning, there is a difference between playing not to lose and playing to win.
“We don’t seem to play to win, if you watch Brazil, Spain and Germany, these are teams that play to win, their mentality is that they are better.
“I don’t see that in our players, that is why a sports’ psychologist will go a long way toward making these players all rounder.
“Football has gone past just kicking the ball around.
“The composition of the team has given us an idea of what the coach wants but the players’ mentality is not positive enough, players need to have more self-confidence in themselves.
“Ordinarily, the players are okay individually, they just need to work on their psyche as a team,’’ Amiesimaka said.
The Super Eagles, who open their account at the World Cup against the Persia Princes of Iran at Curitiba, are in Group F alongside Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran.
The tournament is holding from June 12 to July 13.