By John Egbokhan
Super Eagles midfielder, Dickson Etuhu has said that Nigeria will spring surprises at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, if the players stick together on and off the pitch of play.
The 27 year-old Fulham player, has been included in Nigeriaâ€™s provisional 30-man World Cup, which was released Monday by Coach Lars Lagerback in Abuja, and said that the Super Eagles are favourites to pick up one of the two qualification slots from Group B, comprising Argentina, Greece and South Korea.
Nigeria kick off their campaign at the Mundial with a testy opener against World Cup favourites, Argentina, parading a litany of stars like Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Diego Militto, Diego Motta and Esteban Cambiasso.
But in an interview with CNN yesterday, Etuhu, who was born in Kano but grew up in England, said that his Nigerian compatriots cannot be fazed with the threat that Argentines glut of stars would bring to bear when both sides clash at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.
â€œWe are definitely favoruites to qualify from our group because we have the players and a good record at this stage of the tournament. I also strongly believe that we definitely going to do well at the World Cup if we stick together.
â€œArgentina are a good side but that does not mean that they would overrun us. It is an open game and the key to victory is in not being afraid but believing in your ability and we can hold our own against any opponentâ€, said the defensive midfielder, who would be playing at his first World Cup if he eventually notches a place in the 23-man team to South Africa.
Interestingly, the towering dread-locks wearing Etuhu, strongly fancies his odds of making the trip to the Rainbow country.
â€œI fancy my chances of getting on the plane to the World Cup with the Nigerian team because I am going to work hard to get a shirt in the final team. I have something to offer Nigeriaâ€, he said.