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2010: Okpala, Adepoju still optimistic on Eagles

Former Rangers assistant coach     Sylvanus Okpala and former Green Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju believe the chance of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa  is till intact  until after the remaining matches.
Okpala told Saturday Vanguard sports that if the Eagles could win their two remaining matches, they could still qualify if the Tunisians slip by any chance.
“Tunisia have greater advantage than us, but that is not the issue. The issue is that we should play and win our remaining matches which is very crucial. After playing convincingly in this two matches, we can now wait for the final result of both  teams.

“All hope is not lost yet especially in the game of football. If we are able to do our home work perfectly luck may fall on our side and the end may be victory. For me it is not over until it is over, “Okpala, known as quick silver, said

For the Managing Director of Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan, Adepoju, there is hope until the referee’s final whistle. He believes with the situation at hand, the possibility of qualifying is sure if the players utilise their opportunities in the remaining two matches.

“There is still hope, it is not over until it is over. It’s just a matter of winning our two matches and hoping that the Tunisians fall in the end,” the ‘headmaster’ who was part of the 1994 World Cup squad said.

It would be recalled that the Green Eagles last month squandered their chances of topping the Group B after a deflating 2-2 which put a question mark the country’s hope of being in World Cup. Currently they are  trailing the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia with two points and would need either Kenya or Mozambique to cause an upset against the Tunisians who host Kenya on Sunday to stand a chance of qualifying for the Mundial.


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