By Patrick Omorodion
Last week former Flying Eagles coach, Tunde Disu told Saturday Vanguard sports that the Green Eagles could still qualify â€˜miraculouslyâ€™ for the 2010 World Cup and urged Nigerians to go into serious prayers for the team.
Nigerians like him have reacted to his call and told him to stop talking if he has nothing better about football to tell them, arguing that since God is not a partial God, there is no way prayers could save the country from missing out of the World Cup which the Eagles on their own blew by allowing the Tunisians to hold them to a 2-2 draw at the Abuja National Stadium last month.
Visitors to the Vanguard website reacted thus, first of whom was Benny who reacted from Germany thus:
â€œAll we need to do is to play well and have a very good organisation, thatâ€™s what will make Nigeria to qualify for the World Cup, not just hoping for God to do a miracle. Tunde Disu once took our Flying Eagles to a tournament which was being hosted by Nigeria. He did not prepare very well and was hoping for a miracle and he and the boys really messed Nigeria up.
He is now back with his miracle bla bla bla. If he does not no what to say, he should just forget talking anything about football. Like I said earlier on, Nigeria need to work hard and have a good selection of our boys before anything can be done. Benny, Recklinghausen, Germany.The next reaction came from Deji Joseph who said :
â€œI agree with all my brothers that have spoken. How unfair and unjust God would be to reward our carelessness, poor preparation and non challance, by causing a team that has prepared hard, shown dedication and passion to qualify for the World Cup, toâ€suddenlyâ€ falter. Haba, learn the process of preparation, hard work and good organization, instead of believing for â€œinstant miracles.â€ Another visitor, Olaye said that Disuâ€™s call for prayers so that aÂ miracle could happen is â€œis why this country is a failure. Instead of hard work and good preparation, we pray and hope for miracle from God.
Writing from far away Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Kevin Ifeanyi Ogbonna asked â€œWhat kind of miracle is my respectable gentleman Disu talking about? God is an impartial judge. Those who work hard will earn his blessing. We blew our chance, so lets forget it. Africa needs the best team out there.â€