By Onochie Anibeze
Amodu ShuaibuÂ believes that the Eagles now have the conducive atmosphere and necessary support to deliver a 2010 World Cup ticket to Nigeria.
â€œA lot of things happened in the past and there were distractions that could have derailed any team,â€ he said, while analysing Nigeriaâ€™s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
The goalless draw in Tunisia put Nigeria back on track. Winning their remaining three matches will see them to South Africa. They have two home matches against Tunisia and Mozambique and one away to Kenya.
â€œOur rival, the major contender in our group is Tunisia. We succeeded to get a draw in Tunisia. Itâ€™s a result that we now have everything to build on. And now that we have the players and support coming from the federation and government, we cannot afford to misfire. Weâ€™ll remain focussed.
I have plans and I have a picture of the players to execute that next match in Abuja against Tunisia. I think that we are better equipped physically and mentally to move on. Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll get that ticket.â€
Daniel Amokachi, his assistant, also exuded confidence when he said that â€œwe are getting better and with the draw in Tunisia the coast appears clear for us to make a home run.â€
He recalled the difficult times the team passed through before the June 20 match in Tunisia and said â€œany time we face difficulties, the result comes out good. I think that when things are easy people tend to relax. God is working things out for us and Iâ€™m sure we will be in South Africa.â€
Visa problems saw the team moving to their training camp in Malta in batches. Joseph Yobo and John Utaka even had to hire an aircraft to fly them straight to Tunisia from London when they had connection problem that would have delayed their arrival in Tunisia. Dele Aiyenugba and Amokachi were also on board.