By Onochie Anibeze
John Moustroudes is heading for Angola for one thing: To extend his positive aura to the national team and be part of history. What history, this reporter asked.
â€œTo be part of the team that will beat Zambia in the quarter final and proceed to win the Cup,â€ he said.
Moustroudes is a member of the Presidential Task Force set up by President Umar Yarâ€™Adua to ensure Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the 2010 World Cup.
But some members of the PTF appear to be at loggerheads with the football federation and the team in Angola now prefers that the Task Force stays away from them for the restÂ of the competition.
â€œThey created tension when they were here and we didnâ€™t play well. When they left, we played our best match, beating Mozambique 3-0. All that they were talking about was sack, sack, sack,â€ a member of the football federation alleged.
The fact that some members of the Task Force are scheming for FA position has not augured well for their integrity as members of the PTF.
There are allegations that some of them want the Eagles to fail so that their quest for FA jobs will be facilitated. That, however, cannot be said of all of them.
Moustroudes said he was not aware of any bad blood between the Task Force and NFF and vowed to calm nerves if there was any suchÂ thing.
â€œIâ€™m going to Angola to unleash my positive aura to all. I see us winning that cup. It is possible. This is no time to quarrel. We should all be together. I was not in Angola but now Iâ€™m going there. I want the team to concentrate and do their job. The Task Force is for the good of our football and we will work for it.
I have seen the matches and I think that we can win the Cup. So far, Egypt is the only country that has shown exceptional qualities. And the way we are picking up, I think that we may peak at the final and win the Cup. If we beat Zambia, and Iâ€™m sure we will, I see us getting to the final where anything can happen.â€
Meanwhile, team spokesman Idah Peterside said yesterday that the team is ready for tomorrowâ€™s game against Zambia.
â€œSince the competition started the players have never been in the kind of mood that they are in now. The moment we knew that we would play Zambia in the quarter final the players said â€œE bi like say we don reach final be dat. That is the mood in camp. They are feeling the Cup already. The feeling is total and very positive,â€ Peterside said.