By Tony Ubani
HAIRMAN of Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi has doused the fears of many soccer fans over the qualification ticket of the Eagles for the 2010 World Cup.
The fear of Nigerians heightened with the draw the Eagles obtained in Mozambique and with yet another draw against leaders of the group B, the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. â€œBelieve me, Tony, the storm is overâ€, Ogunjobi said in response to the growing fears of the Eagles. â€œI’m extremely happy with the performance of the team in Tunisia and I assure that there is no cause for alarm. The Eagles will fly to South Africaâ€, Ogunjobi believed to be the engine room of the NFF said.
â€œOur players have shown an amazing will to be in South Africa. They are committed and determined to put in their best to ensure that we go to South Africa. Coach Amodu Shuaibu is in full command of the team and has the backing of the NFF. The President, too, has shown his love and support with the setting up of the Presidential Task Force.
Nigerians have thrown their own massive support by their turn-out in our last match against the Harambee Stars of Kenya. You can see that many things are working together for us. We are united as one nation in the struggle to be in South Africa. The players are united as one family in the team. I don’t see anything that can stop Nigeria from not going to the World Cup.
We have plans to arrange for friendly matches with some Arab countries to prepare the Eagles ahead of the September 6 reverse match against Tunisia. That is a match that we must win. And once we dethrone them from the leadership of the table, nothing will stop us from looking backâ€, Ogunjobi who was former Secretary General of the FA and an ex-internat