By John Egbokhan
Inter Milan forward, Diego Milito is raring to transfer his prolific scoring club form to his Argentine homeland as he has dispatched dangerous warning signals to the Super Eagles of Nigeria, when both sides clash in their 2010 World Cup Group B opener on June 12.
Milito, scorer of the two fantastic goals that catapulted Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in Saturdayâ€™s Champions League finale in Madrid, said in a post-match report, that he wishes to score the goals that would propel Diego Maradonaâ€™s stars-littered Argentine side, to victory against Nigeria.
â€œAfter what I have achieved with my teammates at Inter Milan, my attention is now to help my country do well at the World Cup. For us to do well, we must start well and I hope to do my bit in the tournament. It is important for us to win our first match and if I get the chance to play, I would try to score because I want our fans to be happyâ€, said Milito, who was born on June 12, 1979.
An unknown quantity at the start of the season just gone by, Milito was brought to Inter Milan by Coach Jose Mourinho and has since transformed to one of the biggest attacking acts in the world today. He has formed the habit of scoring crucial goals this term and after helping ths Italian giants to claim the European title, Argentine fans are now waiting for their turn in the sun.
Blessed with an array of talented acts, Argentines believe that the World Cup trophy would is coming back to their country after their last win in 1986. They would not be wrong to think this way given that Lionel Messi, who happens to be the best players in the world, is in their fold.
Though he has yet to transform his terrific Barcelona form to the country, fans back home pin their hopes on him and with the Milito now making waves, it is double delight for Maradonaâ€™s countrymen but double jeopardy for Nigeria, who before now, were consumed with how to deal curtail Messiâ€™s runs but now have to deal with Militoâ€™s knack for scoring vital goals.
On how he has come to be linked with netting decisive goals, Milito, who is blessed with an imposing height and built that can compete with the meanest deenders, said that it has to do with being on top of the game for the duration of the match.
â€˜I have to continue believing in myself and wait for the opportunity to come and make sure that I give my best, in whatever situation that I faceâ€, said the former Genoa forward, whose name would not be bothering Eagles manager, Lars Lagerback, who leads Nigeria out for a friendly match against Saudi Arabia in Austria.