By John Egbokhan
Former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association, Sani Toro, is still in a state of shock after watching the Super Eagles stutter to a wobbly 2-2 draw against Tunisia in a decisive 2010 World Cup qualifying match at the Abuja National Stadium on Sunday.
Toro, who was the scribe of the NFA when Eagles qualified for their first World Cup at the 1994 edition in the United States of America, wondered how the present crop of players could not tap into the unprecedented goodwill and support provided them by the government and called for swift actions to be taken to remedy the slim hopes left of our campaign.
â€œI am still in a state of shock following what I saw because I just cannot understand how players who were provided all the government support to succeed, would still fail, right in the eyes of passionate fans, who were simply patriotic when things were going bad for us.
â€œThese players need to raise their game in the next two matches and hope that Tunisia falter and it is very possible that we might qualify for the World Cup. It is not over but it is very bad but I still maintain hope because I strongly believe in the Nigerian never-say-die will to succeed.
â€œWhat is needed to qualify is not far-fetched if we know how to get the people, who were responsible for our qualification in 1994, 1998 and 20002 on board because the situation has become very bad now and we need all hands to be on deck for this most crucial of all national assignmentsâ€, added Toro.
He has also admonished the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa, to take the bull by the horns in his administration of Nigerian sports.
â€œThe Honourable Minister means well for our sports but this is the time that he need to start implementing actions that would help our sports. He must stop allowing people to take us for granted because all our sports are under his watch and should things go wrong, Nigerians would ask questionsâ€, said Toro.