June 20, 2009

It’s not a tea party — Erico

By Patrick Omorodion
Former Super Eagles assistant  coach Joe Erico has walked this path before. In 2002, Erico was a member of the coaching crew that qualified Nigeria for the World Cup against all odds. Himself, present Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu and Steven Keshi went into the record books as the first set of indigenous coaches to pick a World Cup ticket for Nigeria but they were later booted out by the football federation, for not being world class coaches.

The former Julius Berger coach took a critical look at today World Cup qualifier against Tunisia in Rades and summed up that it is not going to be a tea or ice cream party for the Super Eagles and its officials.

“I do not believe in home advantage. The Tunisians are good and will come out smoking. Though they are equally scared of us but they have their supporters as the 12th player on the pitch. It’s a 50-50 game. My advise to Amodu is to ensure that his selection his thorough. Combine the best new and old players, players who are ready to ‘die’. We can not afford to loose this game”, he said.

The jogo bonito exponent warns that our game against the Harambee Stars of Kenya should not be used to judge the strength of the Super Eagles.