AS anxiety mounts over the World Cup match between the Super Eagles and Zimbabwe, Coach Austin Eguavoen appears to be unruffled even as Supporters Club President, Dr Rafiu Ladipo assured that Nigeria would qualify for the World Cup.
Eguavoen was in charge of the Super Eagles training yesterday and said that he was sure that the Eagles would soar above their Zimbabwean opponents. "The important thing for us is to beat Zimbabwe and the players have shown the vim and vitality that they want to go to the World Cup. We'll put our best and get a good result", the coach who took the Eagles to white-wash Algeria 5-2 said. And also yesterday, President General of the Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo was so sure that the Eagles would sing the victory song.
"I've told the Eagles that the only thing they can do is to beat Zimbabwe and qualify for the World Cup. I am sure that Angola will fall in Kigali. The only way the Eagles can go to the World Cup is to beat Zimbabwe and not take things for granted", Ladipo advised. He said that the Supporters Club would storm Abuja in their thousands to back up the Eagles.
"We have just released a new song for the Eagles. "It is going to be a carnival in Abuja on Saturday. We are going with new songs from our album and above that, we are doubly sure that Angola will fall in Kigali. It is going to be a party that will shake Abuja. For many Nigerians, football remains the only source of joy.
It will be calamitous not only for the players if Nigeria fails to qualify for the World Cup. But once they qualify, we are going to celebrate it in a rapturous way. Nigeria remains a pillar in African football and not a country like Angola can checkmate us from being in Germany". Ladipo who urged all Nigerians to fast and pray for the Eagles said that God has always listened to us.
"We have the big players. We have prayer. Prayer remains the only instrument that has seen us surmount all difficult tasks. Saturday's own will not be different. So, Nigerians should pray for the team and pray for the downfall of Angola".