By Kate Obodo
After the 2-2 draw against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia September 6 at the Abuja National Stadium, which has continued to generate serious debate onÂ Nigeriaâ€™s ability to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, ex-International, Emeka Ezeugo believes it would be difficult for the Eagles to berth at the World Cup.
Ezeugo, a formidable defender in his days under Clemens Westerof who believes the road to the World Cup for the Eagles is still narrow and laden with thorns sewn by Tunisia, said qualification has become a very difficult task for Coach Shaibu Amodu and his boys.
The north Africans are still leading the group after they defeated Kenyaâ€™s Harambee Stars 1-0 in their last World Cup qualifier in Tunis, while the Eagles still trail with two points after their nail-biting slim 1-0 victory against the Mambas of Mozambique in Abuja early this month.
According to him, the Eagles sold their birthright to Tunisia when they bungled their opportunity to take the lead on home ground forgetting what was at stake, adding that it will be a slap on the nation if they fail to be in the first ever World Cup to be staged in Africa.
â€œLike I earlier said, it would not be easy for the Eagles especially with what is on ground. Do you think the TunisiansÂ will sleep and allow the Mambas of Mozambique defeat them.
â€œEven if we beat Kenya, it does not mean that we have qualified. What we need to do is to play and wait for the outcome of the Tunisia versus Mozambique game, which I know will be a tough gameâ€, he said.