Former Eagles coach Christian Chukwu and former player Emeka Ezeugo have stated clearly that Sundayâ€™s match in Abuja against the Mambas of Mozambique is aÂ must win game as no excuses would be acceptedÂ in the end.
Chukwu, who was relieved of his job as coach of Rangers at the end of the 2008/2009 season, said the Eagles need nothing less than a win in their quest to qualify for the World Cup. According to him, anything short of that will total disaster and will automatically bring an end to the already shattered dream.
â€œWhether there is hope or not, what IÂ know is thatÂ Sundayâ€™s match is a must win match. My expectation is just like every otherÂ Nigerian. I am expecting nothing but total football from the players. â€œThey should have a recap of their poor display at the lastÂ match in AbujaÂ and see how they will improve in Sundayâ€™s match. One thing about them is that they lack continuity and often relent when aÂ goal has beenÂ scored. This time around they should score more goals so that it will help them and also differentiate themÂ in case Tunisia draw in their match. Just as it was with the Flying Eagles,â€ said the former coach of the Harambee Stars of Kenya.
However, forÂ former Eagles player, Ezeugo nothing short of victory, especially playing atÂ home will be acceptable.
â€œWhat Iâ€™m expecting from them is that they should go all out andÂ beÂ offensive and disorganize the Mozambicans. They are playing at home, this is the more reason they should win. They have no option than to win, anything short of that is unacceptable,â€ Ezeugo who analyses soccer on Hi-TV said.