By Jacob Ajom
The seniorÂ national football team will be taking on their Kenyan counterparts in the final group match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers this weekend.The match has generated a lot of interest among football enthusiasts in the country. While some remain hopeful that the Eagles still have a chanceÂ to qualify for the World Cup, othersÂ have outrightly written off the Nigerian team.
Former Nigerian youth international, Monday Odiaka shares this opinion as he said there is very little hope for Nigeria to qualify.
The Moscow ’85 Adidas Golden boot winner is of the opinion that the national team coach, Amodu Shuaibu was yet to find a solution for the teamâ€™s poor scoring form which has seen them score six goals from five matches.
â€œYou will agree with me that the attack is the worst department of the national team. We can only win the match in Kenya if we take a better approach to that match,” he started, adding, ” The whole thing depends on the level of preparation.”
Continuing, Odiaka said “The Nigeria Football Federation has to make sure the team is well prepared for the task ahead. Anything can still happen. That’s football, but there is a little chance for us to make it to the World Cup.”
Members of the team which will camp in Abuja before jetting out to Nairobi on Sunday started trickling into the Federal Capital Territory on Monday and there is the fearÂ that Coach Amodu Shuaibu will not have enough training sessions with the full complement of his squad before their departure for Nairobi. Unlike their Nigerian counterparts, the Kenyans have been training and playing friendly matches since their last engagement with Tunisia on September 16.
Meanwhile, one match that will also be of interest to most Nigerians is the other crunch tie between Mozambique and current group leaders, Tunisia.
Tunisia with 9 points stand automatic chance of qualifying if Nigeria slips in Nairobi. But a win for Nigeria and a loss or a draw for Tunisia in Maputo will see the Nigerians through to South Africa.