By John Egbokhan
Former Super Eaglesâ€™ defender, Taribo West, has said that Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa would depend on how early the players report to camp ahead of the three remaining matches that they still have to play.
Nigeria are two points behind Tunisia, who they host on September 6 in Abuja, followed by another home fixture against Mozambique on October 10 and the final match, an away tie against Kenya on November 14.
For them to guarantee their place in South Africa 2010, the Nigerians must ensure that they win all three matches, a herculean task, by any standard.
But West, speaking weekend, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, has insisted that early arrival is the sacrifice that the Eagles have to make if they are to avoid the agony of another straight World Cup miss.
â€œAnd the critical aspect in our bid to reach the promised land is the attitude of the players towards the preparations for the remaining matches because we cannot afford a situation where some players would be coming late to camp and expect to have ready-made starting shirt on match day.
â€œDiscipline cannot be over-emphasized. Players must come to camp on the opening day so that they can understand each other and perfect the strategies for the match because Tunisians are spoiling for war here and we cannot allow them to have their wayâ€.
Eagles must report early, at least one week before the match. â€œIf it is possible for them to come even earlier than that, if their clubs release them, it will be great for Nigeria. But if they do not come in time, weather may affect them and their performance may be even below their own expectation.â€