June 20, 2009

Eagles will beat Tunisia —Lukman Osun

By Philips Adefioye
Former Green Eagles   player, Luckman Osun believes that the Super Eagles will leave no stone unturned when they file out against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Rades.

Osun in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sports is optimistic that  the country’s flag will be hoisted at the Africa Cup of Nations Cup  and the World Cup in South Africa.

“I said the Super Eagles will beat Kenya  and they did and this has reduced the tension of Nigerians doubting the country’s qualification for 2010 World Cup. After the victory against Harambe Stars of Kenya, many people are now thinking positively about the Super Eagles.

“Our  players have not attained  100 percent yet but one can see the fighting spirit in them”, he said.
Osun, one- time defunct Stationary Stores football club of Lagos striker, advised coach Shaibu Amodu to talk to the players on their lackadaisical attitude on the pitch  while representing the country.

“We have played for this country in both the junior and senior categories, they don’t have any excuse. Some of us represented our country and we gave everything in us while in the national colours. They should not forget that Nigeria is a team to beat”, he added. The ex First Bank captain hinted that with some new players full of determination being invited to the national team, he expects a better team.

“I don’t see what happened in 2006  repeating  itself  but quote me today that the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia would be our stepping stone to the 2010 World Cup. This is the first World Cup to be hosted in African continent and Nigeria can not afford to miss the party. With the determination on the part of the players, involvement of the government, and prayers from Nigerians, we would be in South Africa next year”,  Osun said.