By Jacob Ajom
Former Super Eagles defence ace, Yisa Sofoluwe has appealed toÂ Super Eagles players to beat their Mozambican counterparts in this weekendâ€™s 2010 World Cup qualifier in Abuja.
Sofoluwe who is still at a loss over the dwindling fortunes of Nigerian football said a victory for the Super Eagles this weekend would restoreÂ smiles on the faces
of Nigerians who are still mourning the elimination of the Flying Eagles from the World Youth Championship in Egypt.
â€œThey should go in there and win as Nigeria cannot afford to miss the 2010 World Cup, the first to be hosted on African soil.â€
Asked how the players should approach the game, the former international who was nick-named Minister of defence in his playing days by late radio commentator, Ernest Okonkwo said, â€œI donâ€t want to know how they do it.
They should just go in there and play to win.â€
Continuing, Sofoluwe said the encounter is â€œa must win as anything short of that will spell doom for Nigerian football. We cannot afford to mis two world cups back-to-back as we were not in Germany in 2006.â€
He urged the players to show more seriousness, dedication and commitment in their approach to the game.
â€œWe must strive to win the remaining two matches so that NigeriansÂ would know that they have done their best and leave the rest to God.â€
Sofoluwe said the Super Eagles players should not bother themselves with what Tunisians were doing and concentrate on their remaining matches.
â€œThey must fight to the last drop of their blood to redeem Nigeriaâ€™s sagging image in world football. The time is now. It is not over yet until it is over,â€ Sofoluwe said.