World Cup: Bonfrere Jo Warns Nigeria Against Continued Change Of Formation

Former Super Eagles Coach, Bonfrere Jo


A former Super Eagles Coach, Mr Johannes Bonfrere, has warned Nigeria against the continued change of formation as she prepares for the World Cup tournament in Russia.

Bofrere who lead Nigeria to win Gold in the 1996 Olympics in the United States of America, stated this during his appearance on Sport Tonight, which aired on Channels Television.

“You cannot play today 4-4-2, tomorrow 4-3-3 and next week 5-4-1. That is not possible, a team cannot do this,” he said on Tuesday.

To Bonfrere, the continued change of the formation, especially while the Super Eagles, are bound to face Croatia in the Group D stage of the global competition.

He added, “You cannot change the system (of formation). If you can change the system (of formation), then you have one of the best football team.

“Nigeria has a system at this moment which they (the players) don’t understand to play. But Croatia is playing the system even when they played against Brazil.

“Though they lost to Brazil, they still played a system. Nigeria is changing and changing the system. Up till now, the player does not know what or where he must play and that can be a big problem against Croatia.”

While expressing dismay that the national teams had yet to show signs of improvements in their international friendly matches against England and Croatia, he is however optimistic that they would improve Saturday’s clash against Croatia.

This is when England’s Three Lions beat Super Eagles 2-1 in a pre-2018 FIFA World Cup friendly on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium in London on June 2.

Four days later, Nigeria suffered another defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic in Austria in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup.

Despite this defeat, Bonfrere believes that the Coach, Gernot Rohr, can still draw lessons from the previous matches and spur in the Eagles to victory.

He stated further, “The Super Eagles can make it out of the group (Group D involving Croatia, Argentina and Iceland) if they start to build up their team and if they tell each player what he must play, what kind of system he must play, but they have never done it on the training or in the friendly games.

“If you can change the system with your playing team, then you have one of the best playing football teams.”

FG Hands Over House To Bonfrere Jo 22 Years After Promise

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.


The Federal Government has fulfilled its promise of building a house for former Super Eagles coach Bonfrere Jo.

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), handed over the keys to a three-bedroom apartment in Gwagwalada, Abuja to the Dutchman on Tuesday.

In handing over the keys at a ceremony in the nation’s capital, the Federal Government fulfilled the pledge made to the coach after he guided the national U23 team to victory at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The minister thanked the Dutchman for his contribution and expects the move to inspire the Super Eagles at the World Cup.

He said, “Let me on behalf of the President apologise to you that it has taken so long for the Nigerian government to come through. We thank you for your contribution to the development of our country, our youth, football and to say that it is better late than never. Nigeria always come through, we have come through for you.

“It is proper that with just a few days to another World Cup, Nigeria fulfils and redeems this pledge and I hope that this will serve as an inspiration to our players going to the World Cup and the officials that this government will be there for you all the way.”

For Fashola, the fulfilment of the promise reflects the commitment of the current administration to keeping its promises to citizens.

“Ordinarily, this ought to be a short meeting but if it takes 24 years for the government of the country to respond to its citizens, it must assume a news-making event,” he said.

“This is consistent with the commitment that the President has made that once again, he will make Nigerians proud of their country. This country should always be there to respond to the needs and expectations of the citizens.”

A thankful Bonfrere Jo, who is now 74, also wished the Super Eagles success at the World Cup.

He said, “As a coach that was directly involved in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal victories, I crave for an impressive performance for our Super Eagles in Russia and offer my support to the team and technical staff.”