Nigeria under-23 coach Austin Eguaveon said that he and his coaching crew were doing everything possible to win a qualification ticket to next year’s Olympics in London.
Eguaveon is the last man standing in Nigeria’s quest for soccer honors this season after the Eagles and the women national team crashed out the Nations Cup and the London 2012 Olympics respectively.
Eguaveon proclaimed that his boys were motivated for the final onslaught for the African qualifiers starting in Morocco on November 26, but according to him there was one important element that is needed for the team to excel.
“We don’t expect anything less than qualification ticket for the Olympics. The boys are doing well in the camp, but I want to say that everything in life depends on a bit of luck. On our own we’ll try our best,” Eguaveon said yesterday before joining the team in Accra, Ghana.
Team captain Lukman Haruna declared that the players are fully aware of what is at stake and it was up to the players to justify their inclusion by the coach.
“The coach has visited and solicited for our release. The federation have followed up will the invitation letters. It’s now up to me and my colleagues to explain to our coaches what this qualification means to us and our country,” Haruna declared.
“Even the team secretary has copied the invitations to our email boxes, so if the clubs claim not to see the official invitation; we can print ours and take to the coach.”