Kickoff (Cape Town)

Nigeria/Tunisia: Tunisia Target Striker Eneramo

Tunisia are hoping to convince former Lobi Stars forward Mike Eneramo to naturalise and turn out for the Carthage Eagles in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign where they have been grouped with Nigeria.

Esperance striker Eneramo, who scored a hattrick on Sunday as the Blood and Gold won 4-1 away to CS Hammam Lif, is said to be considering the idea when asked on Dimanche Sport, a programme on the state-owned Tunisian television.

Rami Ayari, who writes a Tunisian blog, has no doubts about Eneramo's quality.

"Eneramo has quality, there's no doubt about it. His physicality, body control, and ball coverage are top notch and we're missing his type of hold up play in our attack," Ayari writes in his blog.

The Nigerian's stats also back the claims. He has scored 7 goals in 7 games for Esperance and 19 in 37 games. That is an average of a goal every two games.

But more than his goals, it is his overall play that the Tunisians believe will be key to their World Cup hopes, and with Nigeria blessed with a glut of strikers; it appears Eneramo's best chance might just be with the Eagles-the Carthage Eagles.

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