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2010:Eagles must play with purpose – Nwosu

By Eddie Akalonu

Former Green Eagles captain, Henry Nwosu,(MON), despite feeling disappointed over the 2-2 draw Eagles played against Tunisia in Abuja last month has said the players can still make up for it with today’s game against the Mambas of Mozambique and has therefore charged the players to have a change of attitude and go all out to beat the Mozambicans.

He said the victory would  rekindle Nigeria’s quest for a place in the World Cup finals in South Africa next year.
Speaking in Lagos, Nwosu, a member of the team who won the Nations Cup in 1980, said that the players poor attitude brought about the draw against Tunisia in Abuja and noted that a better result could be achieved this time if they adopted a more positive attitude today.

“That(Tunisia) game was so poorly executed, the players approached it as if there was nothing at stake and we paid dearly for it. I hope they have learnt enough from it because in those days, we were never associated with negative tendencies when playing crucial matches.
After watching the last game, I was disappointed as were millions of  Nigerians, that I wished I could lace my boots again and show them how it’s done.”

“Therefore the players have an opportunity to make up for what they failed to do the other time by beating Mozambique. They have seen the reactions of Nigerians and now know what they want. It’s nothing but victory and  the glory for our country to be in South Africa next year.

I know they can do it only if the have a change of heart from the poor attitude they exhibited in the last game. I want to charge them to do everything necessary to win this one and then leave the rest for God to decide.
“I’m praying and I know that others are praying for something to happen. If they win, then we can only continue to pray that somewhere along the line, Tunisia loses a game so that it will be possible for Nigeria to pick the ticket,” he said.


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