By Solomon Nwoke
NATIONAL Under-23 football team coach, Augustine Eguavoen has assured that Nigeria’s Olympic soccer squad would face their Tanzanian counterparts with all the seriousness it deserves.
Eguavoen’s assurance was not unconnected with the East Africans ouster of the winners of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games men’s football title (Cameroun) 4-3 on penalty after a 3-3 aggregate score-line from the London 2012 party.
Speaking in Lagos, he said they would study the video clips of Tanzania’s match against Cameroun, saying there are no more minnows in football.
Nigeria was on Wednesday drawn against Tanzania in the second round of the African qualifiers for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Eguavoen, while reacting to the draw, said they were aware of the huge task ahead and would ensure they did not let Nigeria down.
“We are going to face them with all seriousness, knowing that they can’t be viewed as a small team. We all know they eliminated Cameroon, and such a team is good by all standards. We are going to call for that match video against Cameroun for proper studying.’’ he said.
Nigeria had beaten Equatorial Guinea 5-0 at home and 4-1 away for a 9-1 aggregate to qualify for the second round, while Tanzania qualified by beating Cameroon.
Continuing, he said, “we will make good use of the knowledge that they beat Cameroon and for a team that beat Cameroon, it is serious business”.
“We are going to take this game with more seriousness than we have ever done. We are a new team though, but we will give special considerations to the Tanzanians, because beating Cameroon is no small feat.
“We will prepare more than we have ever done before, because we know we cannot afford to fail at this point, and knowing that we are just a step away from getting to the Olympics,” Eguavoen said.