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No excuse for failure — Hamilton warns Amodu

By Jacob Ajom
As the Super Eagles prepare for the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Mozambique in Abuja this weekend, former national team handler, Paul Hamilton has tasked Coach Shuaibu Amodu to charge his players to go all out for victory.

Amodu
Amodu

Speaking with Sports Vanguard at the National Stadium Lagos Wednesday, Hamilton who is about the only coach to have handled all three national teams including the Super Falcons in the past said for the Super Eagles to rekindle any hope in their bid for a ticket to the South Africa 2010 World Cup then Mozambique must fall.

“We have to win this Sunday’s match and the next against Kenya, then we can sit and talk about what other teams in the group are doing or would have done at the end of the qualifiers,”the veteran coach said.

He warned that Nigerians will not take kindly to any poor result as the entire nation had given the team and the Nigeria Football Federation maximum support.

“What I am saying is beyond the ordinary football fan. This is a campaign the President of this country showed so much interest in with the setting up of a special task force to ensure the required support,” he recalled, asking,” So what will be the explanation for failure?”

He advised Coach Amodu and the Super Eagles players not to concern themselves with what Tunisia was doing in their two remaining matches but rather concentrate on Mozambique and Kenya.

“All we need do is to take each match at a time and ensure victory in the two remaining matches because I know that is what the Tunisians will be targeting as well.”

Asked whether the Eagles should go for plenty of goals to enhance their qualification chances, Hamilton, himself a former international said his emphasis was on ensuring victory.

He reasoned that “a win is a win, even if you are going to score three goals per match, it will start from the first goal. Let us pray for victory, no matter the size. If it comes small we take it. The most important thing is the three points at stake.”


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