By Tony Ubani
AS the zero hour to the September 6 all-important cracker between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia draws near, ex international Chike Arisa has warned that Nigeria should brace up or be ready to swallow the bitter pill at the National Stadium in Abuja.
Arisa who is on holiday in Nigeria from his Holland base where he combines sports marketing with players agent said that he was not comfortable with the preparation of the Eagles towards the qualifier. â€œI am afraid that Nigerians would be shocked with the type of football the Tunisians would play on that day. I am saying this because after we secured a scoreless draw with them, we have gone to sleep.
I read that coach Amodu Shuaibu and NFF do not want friendly match again. It is sad. It is laughable that we still reason that way even when other teams are maximising FIFA free days. The Tunisians have been working really hard since after that draw. Once it comes to administration and organisation, give it to the North Africans. They are not sleeping. But we are still celebrating that draw and calculating how we would overtake them on the table after winning the Abuja match. That is wishful thinking. We must have to work and introduce players as to blend well.
This is not the time to depend on old feats. A team that is more focused and play together would be better equipped to run away with the victory. I have my fears. Honestly, I have my fearsâ€, Arisa who was tormentor- in-chief during his days with Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri now christened Heartland FC said.