After thinking deeplyÂ Â and weighing Nigeriaâ€™s chances of qualifying for the first World Cup to be staged in Africa, coach Amodu Shuaibu heaved a sigh of relief and enthused, â€œwe canâ€™t make mistakes again.â€
He was extremely happy that Nigeria left Tunisia after the June 20 match unscathed. A defeat would have meant end of the road for Nigeria.
With Tunisia winning their two matches before the June 20 match and Nigeria drawing one and winning one, the road was going to be clear for Tunisia to coast home if they won the match against Nigeria. But a hard earned draw kept Nigeriaâ€™s dreams alive and Amodu has vowed that â€œweâ€™ll not let the chance slip through our hands.â€
After facing criticisms on the draw in Mozambique and even the 3-0 win in Abuja, the point from Tunisia seems to have re-energized Amodu and boosted the confidence of his players who are all now eyeing the World Cup with enthusiasm.
â€œThe good thing is that the ball is now on our court and we have to play hard to ride to South Africa. Iâ€™m sure we are on track now and I thank all those who have, in various ways, supported us. Weâ€™ll not disappoint them.â€
For details of this and what some experts have said on the June 20 Match, read our knock-out sports pull-out on the centre spread.