By Paul Bassey
When the Mozambicans will line out against the Super Eagles on Wednesday, they will be donning red jerseys instead of the yellow that was previewed.
When told that they were to play in yellow, they insisted they wanted to play in red, and after a mild argument, they were allowed to have their way. Whatâ€™s in a colour?
I remember that even back home, Nigerians have had to call, advising that we should stick to the green jerseys that the white trunks do not bring us luck. If you therefore ask me why the Mozambicans should stick to their red, I will have not answer, but let me say that it is on the field that everything will be decided.
I had the opportunity to visit the Nigerian team camp in search of interviews for the CAF Website and what I saw, pleased me. First,Â there was no pressure on the players whatsoever as they went about confidently.
Secondly,Â they seemed to be in love with the weather in Lubango. Here, it rains without notice, and the turf at the Lubango stadium is the best out of the four venues in the competition. Etuhu in particular has said that should the weather remain like that, he will die on the field.
Sadly though, the news that coach Amodu may not lead the team to South Africa is dominating discussions here. Those that go along with his view point disagree on the timing believing that the team should not have been distracted, going into the decisive last group match.
The boys have also spoken about the absence of Joseph Yobo and promised that there will be no problem as Onyekachi Apam will more than fit into the boots that Yobo has left behind.
No matter how you look at it, the match will not be easy. TheÂ Super Eagles are not only condemned to win, they must win well, to be able to restore the flagging confidence that Nigerians now harbour.
The Mozambicans on the other hand, have nothing to lose, except the stark realisation that whereas their more favoured opponents will do with a draw to advance, they will have to win outrightly.
Before you know it, the Nations Cup will come to an end. Out of the 16 teams that participated in the competition, four are back home ( with due respect to Togo that left without kicking the ball)
The league stage has ended, now we are in the cup system, where there is no second chance. Two world Cup teams, Algeria and Cote Divoire will cancel themselves out, while the youthfull Ghanaian squad will face a herculean task against the host, Angola.