By Tony Ubani
Shamed Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu, insulted the sensibilities of bitter Nigerian fans, who are still reeling in shock of an almost certain 2010 World Cup miss when he told reporters that he is still learning the ropes and that his clipped Eagles would still make it to South Africa.
After fans were treated to a spineless show by the Eagles, who surrendered their lead twice in a game that they knew that they needed to win, to stand any realistic chance of toppling their foes on the group two log, Amodu, who, fans had before this tie, called for his sack on the ground of their wobbly play by his charges, said at the post-match conference that it is still a learning process.
â€œThis is still a learning process. I am still learning and we are still in the race to be at the 2010 World Cup. It is not yet over, we would learn from this and put things rightâ€, said Amodu, who in the last three final qualifying matches, played under his eyes, appeared not to have learnt anything as he is waiting to learn, at a time that the learning art has been turned into successes by coaches, like Humberto Coelho, the Tunisian coach, who learnt from the blip in Tunis to record a great result that sees his side, topping the table, with two games left to play.
Coelho, while speaking with reporters, was more pragmatic, stating, inter alia, that nothing can stop his boys from reaching South Africa 2010.
â€œWe came here with a mission not to lose and the players achieved that plan and that is why we can say that nothing can stop us from reaching the World Cup. We have played the most difficult opponent and now have to hold on to our deserved leadâ€, said the Portuguese coach, who is doing great things in Tunisia.
And unlike his coach, who was too corky to own up to his failings, captain Joseph Yobo, whose defence was breached severally by the Tunisians, said that players should be blamed for the sorry state of Nigerian football.
â€œWe should take the responsibilities because we were the ones on the pitch and we did not do enough to get the victoryâ€, said Yobo.