By Peter Duru
MAKURDUIâ€“ As the Super Eagles of Nigeria confront the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in a crucial world cup qualifier on Sunday, a one time striker of the national team, Moses Kpakor has urged the players to approach the game with all sense of national pride, extra determination and courage in order to overcome their opponents.
Kpakor who spoke to Sunday Vanguard Sports in Makurdi warned that the Tunisians are coming to Nigeria to assert their leadership of the group hence would not give in cheaply.
He urged the players to stick to the work plan of their coaches, adding that they must also fully exhibit their individual and collective abilities in the round leather game in order to overrun their opponents.
According to the ex_international, â€œwe must also be very careful because the Tunisians are not scared of the Super Eagles and therefore will be all out to frustrate the Super Eaglesâ€.
â€œAnd the more reason why they would be at the top of their game in Abuja is because as we all know this game seems to be the decider of who will clinch the ticket in the group, and so far, they have the edge and we are the ones chasing themâ€, Kpakor said.
The former Super Eagles striker who regretted that the Nigerian team lost a golden opportunity to top the group in the last encounter with the north African team in Tunis, warned that the Tunisians might want to pull surprises in Abuja since the Eagles failed to capitalize on the last encounter two months ago.
He said, â€œThat was a game we ought to have won by a margin of three goals if we had attacked more and also utilized the scoring opportunities we had especially after having pulled a victory against France in that epic friendly matchâ€, he said.
Kpakor hence urged the players to remain calm but approach the game with all seriousness, playing to instruction and vicious in the attack in order to seal the match early in the game.