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2010: Chukwu, Omokaro want Eagles in South Africa

By Kate Obodo

*As Omokaro expresses fury over players’ attitude

Despite growing concerns about     the Green Eagles wobbly performance in the 2010 qualifying series, two former players, Christian Chukwu and Bright Omokaro have expressed their desire to see the team berth at the event holding on Africa soil for the first time next year.

While Chukwu, a former captain and coach of the Eagles believes that the team have had a poor run and may find it difficult to sail through, Omokaro, who got nick-named 10-10 for his hard tackle that sent out an Algerian player at the 1990 Africa Nations Cup, expressed his disappointment on their performance.


Chukwu, who said that as a Nigerian he would like to see the Eagles among the World Cup teams, believes what the Eagles should do is to win their remaining game and hope for the better in the end.
For Omokaro, he stressed that for the singular reason that Nigeria missed out of the last World Cup in 2006, the Eagles should be part of the 2010 party in South Africa.

“As a Nigeria I want the Green Eagles to be in the World Cup. Of course, being in the World Cup is a good thing and a plus to a  country. But with the situation on ground, it is going to be a difficulty task on our part. The Tunisians already have 11 points while we are trailing them with two points less. You see it is not an easy one for us.

“Considering the fact that the Tunisians are till the leaders in the group, the impossibility is very high but all we need to do is just to keep our fingers crossed  and hope for the best,”he said.
Omokaro who was full of fury with the Eagles said, “I am really disappointed with what I saw from the players. It is really annoying that players who have been supported immensely both financially and otherwise cannot deliver.”

The ex-Insurance of Benin player praised Eagles forward, Osaze Odewingie as the only player who has been doing the country proud since the qualifier began, adding that though Nigerians have lost hope on the Eagles because of their poor performance in the qualifiers, he was still confident the players will definitely change their game.


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