By Philips Adefioye
Former Green EaglesÂ Â player, Luckman Osun believes that the Super Eagles will leave no stone unturned when they file out against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Rades.
Osun in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sports is optimistic thatÂ the countryâ€™s flag will be hoisted at the Africa Cup of Nations CupÂ and the World Cup in South Africa.
â€œI said the Super Eagles will beat KenyaÂ and they did and this has reduced the tension of Nigerians doubting the countryâ€™s qualification for 2010 World Cup. After the victory against Harambe Stars of Kenya, many people are now thinking positively about the Super Eagles.
â€œOurÂ players have not attainedÂ 100 percent yet but one can see the fighting spirit in themâ€, he said.
Osun, one- time defunct Stationary Stores football club of Lagos striker, advised coach Shaibu Amodu to talk to the players on their lackadaisical attitude on the pitchÂ while representing the country.
â€œWe have played for this country in both the junior and senior categories, they donâ€™t have any excuse. Some of us represented our country and we gave everything in us while in the national colours. They should not forget that Nigeria is a team to beatâ€, he added. The ex First Bank captain hinted that with some new players full of determination being invited to the national team, he expects a better team.
â€œI donâ€™t see what happened in 2006Â repeatingÂ itselfÂ but quote me today that the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia would be our stepping stone to the 2010 World Cup. This is the first World Cup to be hosted in African continent and Nigeria can not afford to miss the party. With the determination on the part of the players, involvement of the government, and prayers from Nigerians, we would be in South Africa next yearâ€,Â Osun said.