By Kate Obodo
Former Rangers Assistant coach Sylvanus Okpala is confident that Super Eagles will defeat the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the 2010 World Cup qualifier slated for Abuja on September 6.
The former Green Eagles player believes the team has what it takes to knock out the north African side when they clash in Abuja next month. Okpala, stressed that the Eagles needÂ adequate preparation as that would go a long way to ensure that they come out victorious against The Tunisians who have vowed to pick the groupâ€™s ticket ahead of Nigeria.
The ex international howeverÂ warned that, the team should not underrate the north Africans, stating that there are no longer minors in African football.
â€œAs a Nigerian I expect the best from the national team. I expect them to win. IÂ amÂ confident that we will win unless something else happens. But we have to work very hard till we get results. Reason been that the Tunisians are two points ahead of us,â€ he said.
â€œ I am satisfied with the way the coach is going about his job. We have a good team. I am particularly impressed with the way AmoduÂ is making sureÂ that no stone is left unturned ,Â but my concern here is that the players should be able to utilize the chances that comes their way and also playÂ tactical football that we earn us good result at the end,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, ex-International Mutiu Adepoju has charged the teamÂ to go all out for maximum points by defeating the north Africans.
The former Racing Santander attacking midfielder believes the team needs to do everything within their reach to ensure they knock out the north African side. Adding that failure to achieve this may cause them their chances of participatingÂ in the 2010 World Cup billed forÂ South African.
Speaking with Saturday Vanguard the headmaster as fondly called said Nigeria needs to be among theÂ countriesÂ whose flags will beÂ hoisted in South Africa.
â€œ No doubt, it is going to be very tough and tight gameÂ for both teams, that is why on our part we have to utilize our chances each time they come. Of course, the people in question are not pushovers.
â€œWe must be serious this time around,Â if we must defeat the north Africans.â€œThey also need to take the match seriously as any attempt, would them disaster,â€ said the Managing Director of Shoot Stars.
Although with recent selections done by theÂ Chief coach of the team Amodu Shaibu, the technical director of the 3SCÂ believes thatÂ there willÂ be a sign of development and seriousness, urging the coach to be more focus on players who can deliver swiftly.