June 20, 2009

Winning not by magic — Onigbinde

By Bridget Amaraegbu
Adegboye Onigbinde   took Nigeria to the  Korea/Japan World Cup, where although the Eagles made it to the second round, their performance was no where near the expected. The FIFA instructor like every Nigeria is praying that the Super Eagles win today in Rades and keep hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa alive but he was quick to point out that Nigeria will not win by magic, stressing that the players have to put in a lot to leave Rades with the maximum points.

“ Every patriotic Nigerian expects and wishes that we play and win but that will not come by magic. It will depend on whatever we put in that day today. For a win, the players must give their all. They know what is at stake and anything short of a 100 percent performance will not make any meaning for the country. We need this game and I expect that the players know this as well.

“I can not speak on any particular formation for this  match because right now I do not know how many players Amodu has in camp, how many of them are in perfect condition and the pressure Amodu is going through.

“So whatever result we will get  today will depend on how many players he’s got in camp, as regards midfielders, strikers and defenders. He must not be short in any of those areas. But all things being equal, it is our prayers that we win this game”, he said.