By John Egbokhan
Nigeriaâ€™s Super Eagles have been told by the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa, to stake their lives for eternal glory, when they square up against Tunisiaâ€™s Carthage Eagles, in this weekendâ€™s crunch 2010 World Cup qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium.
The Coach Shuaibu Amodu-led Nigerian side, trail Tunisia by two points, with three matches still to play and are in dire need of a win as the battle for the sole qualifying place hits a new height, with expectations reaching feverish pitch as the nation holds its breath to see if the home side would be able to extinguish the ghosts of missing out on a place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
One of the key personalities, who is holding his breath as the countdown to the zero hour sets in, is Ndanusa, who has urged the Super Eagles to metamorphose into brave warriors in order to see off the Tunisian challenge.
â€œWe need brave warriors to beat Tunisia in this crucial 2010 World Cup qualification match because this is where it all boils down to. We must win this match to stand any realistic chance of playing at the greatest soccer tournament in the world and I am looking forward to seeing 11 Nigerian warriors on Sundayâ€, Ndanusa, told Sports Vanguard in his Abuja office.
He warned that having held Tunisia to a barren draw in Tunis, in the reverse fixture, that the north Africans would be spoiling for war when they come to Abuja and therefore, urged them to brace up for a fierce battle.
â€œThis is the match that would show the other side of Tunisia because they know that at this stage, they have to give all and since they are not playing at home, they would employ all tricks to surprise us but I want our players to take things in their strides and not rush themselves but play to instructions and fight for every ball.
â€œI am confident that our team would triumph because the players are aware of the gains that would accrue to them if they beat Tunisia and go on to qualify for the World Cup. Everybody is talking about the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and every player that is worth his salt should be able to stake all to be part of the tournamentâ€, added Ndanusa, a protagonist of the Presidential Task Force set up by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.