By Tony Ubani
THE Green Eagles tackle the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Nairobi in a must win match but the eyes and ears of Nigerians would be in Mozambique where the Tunisians tackle the Mambas for an upset that would deny Nigeria any chance of progressing to South Africa.
The Carthage Eagles lead Nigeria with two points and need a win to go qualify. Nigeria also need a win in Nairobi but Nigerian officials have placed their hopes in the hands of Mozambiqe. Mart Nooij, knows the responsibility on his shoulders as a win for Mozambique would guarantee an Angolan Nations Cup ticket for them. But he was equivocal when he told the Green Eagles do their own job of beating Kenya . â€œPlacing all your hopes on us does not necessarily do the magic for you.
You have to fight your own battle in Kenya and beat the Kenyans. It will amount to nothing if we beat Tunisia and Kenya beat you your Eagles.
You have to finish your own competition well in Nairobi. Just beat Kenya and wait for a good result, which will come in from Maputo stadium,â€ Nooij said
The Dutch coach pointed out that Mozambique under him had only lost once in 12 games at the Maputo Stadium and said Nigeria have an obligation to qualify for the World Cup
â€œMozambique have played 12 matches, friendly and qualifiers and we won eight of these matches, drew three times and lost only once. So I donâ€™t believe we will lose this match against Tunisia. We can have a draw, but we will fight for victory.
â€œI think Nigeria have an obligation to go to the World Cup. They have a good squad of wonderful players.
â€œYou are two points behind Tunisia right now but that is not a big deal. We can try to beat Tunisia otherwise, it will be a draw and then you can beat Kenya by two goals and qualify.â€Mozambique host Tunisia on November 14, at the same time as Nigeria play Kenya in Nairobi.