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Don’t underrate Tunisia, Uche Okafor warns

By Philips Adefioye

Former Super Eagles defender, Uche Okafor has warned the Super Eagles not to underrate the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in tomorrow’s World Cup/Nations Cup qualifier holding at the Abuja National Stadium because “we are playing on our home soil.”

He also called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to play its own part by ensuring that everything the players need are provided to ensure total victory in the ‘make or mar’ encounter.
He enjoined all the people concerned to concentrate on the match against Tunisia ahead of the remaining qualifiers as tomorrow’s match is the main decider whether the Eagles will be in South Africa or not.
He said though other matches were also crucial, the main one that Nigerians are looking forward to is the Tunisian game which he believes, has to be tackled first before thinking of the other opponents in the group.

“The NFF should not relent on the match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia because they also have very good players, though most of them are playing in their local league which is one of the best in Africa,” he said.

He therefore advised Coach Shaibu Amodu to try as many players as possible to execute this qualifier in order not to be disappointed by some of the old players’ nonchalant attitude, adding that the Eagles must win convincingly and play like a team that is worthy of being at  the World Cup.
The one time Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri defender said that the present Super Eagles lacked ball distributors like the 1994 set, adding “In the present team everybody is a passer, they just pass the football without being creative.

During our time, players like Friday Ekpo, Ademola Adeshina and Henry Nwosu, to mention a few, distributed balls perfectly at the right time which is lacking in the present team but that notwithstanding, they will improve”.
The member of the Super Eagles USA 1994 World Cup squad, urged the government to play its own part in order for the country not to experience the team’s unforgettable Germany 2006 exit.


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