By Tony Ubani
Samson Siasia knows the load of responsibilities he is carrying. His team, the Flying Eagles step out today against Venezuela in the World Youth Championship in Egypt to
see if Nigeria wouldÂ break the record of becoming the first African team to win the WYC. His attempts in the past only fetched him silver after an Argentine team inspired by Lionel Messi stopped Nigeria.
Siasia is yet to come to terms with that defeat and would want to begin on a winning note against his South American counterparts. Argentina, Nigeriaâ€™s nemesis in 2005 did not qualify for the WYC but Nigeriaâ€™s opponents(Venezuela) were instrumental stopping the Aggies from coming to the land of the Pharaohs. Though it is their first time in the tournament, Siasia said that he would not treat them with kid gloves.
â€œThere are no minnows here in the competition. All teams that qualified for the tournament are here on merit. Moreso, that they are coming from South America makes it more imperative for us to treat them with careâ€, the Bayelsa-born coach said. And his players are enthusiastic about the encounter and would go for victory to sound a note of warning to their arch-rivals, Spain.
â€œWe need a lot of prayers from Nigerians. The boys are focused and we are in the right frame for the match. Like I said earlier, I am not promising anything. But we are here for business and know the expectations of Nigeriaâ€, the coach popularly called Sia One said. And the expectations of Nigerians, no doubt is for the Flying Eagles to wipe out the nightmare caused by Coach Amodu Shuaibuâ€™s Green Eagles.
The Eagles are flying without destination as Tunisia are two points ahead of them in the 2010 World Cup. They donâ€™t look like a team that would slip in their remaining matches to give Nigeria any chance of qualification. Nigerians need victory today to wipe out the tears of the Eagles.