By Tony Ubani, in South Africa
Members of the Nigerian Supporters Club yesterday gave the Eagles a blunt challenge that they must win their remaining matches or burst from the World Cup in South Africa. The Supporters said that they were irritated by many opinions currently going round everywhere that the team played well against Argentina. â€œSuch opinions are destructive.
We want victory and not playing well and losing. We donâ€™t want the Eagles to be carried away or be satisfied with such verdicts. We want victory. It is only victory that can guarantee you points and also guarantee your qualification to the next roundâ€, President General(Worldwide) of the Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo delivered yesterday.
Many Nigerians and foreigners have been pouring encomiums on the performance of the Eagles against the Argentines and even Technical head, Lars Lagerback though disappointed that the team did not win expressed satisfaction with the performance of the team. Ladipo though happy that the Eagles have improved from what they used to be said that it was a good omen to see the team play so well.
â€œThat is exactly why we hired Lagerback to improve on the team and to win games. I am not comfortable with these praises of playing well that is sweeping all over town. They should add victory to their playing well. They should shoot on target. They missed many scoring chances. And we have to thank Vincent Enyeama. If not for him, the story of playing well would have changedâ€, Ladipo insisted.
He said that Lagerback was a world_class coach and would definitely turn around the fortunes of Nigerian football. â€œThe coach has shown that he is good because within a short period of time he has turned the team around.
I am happy with him and the boys. But I donâ€™t want them to be carried away. Praises like that always tend to lead people astrayâ€. The PG also lamented the non issuance of visas to majority of Nigerian Supporters Club by the French Embassy in Nigerian.
â€œI think it is a deliberate ploy by the South Embassy to deny us victory by keeping our supporters away. They have been turning us around like tennis ball. Come today and come tomorrow. What you are seeing here are Nigerians resident in South Africa that I turned around to use in the midst of nothing. This is not our rhythm.
I think that the Embassy donâ€™t want us to challenge them with their noisy vuvuzela that has attracted condemnation from almost all the countries participating in the World Cup. I once again appeal to them to issue them visas. They are not new members and they have traveled to many countries before. And they have business back homeâ€, he pleaded.