Amodu Upbeat in Rescue Mission

Coach Shuaibu Amodu has promised to do everything humanly possible to help Nigeria qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

The Super Eagles trail leaders South Africa by four points and second-placed Congo by three points in Group A of next year’s Afcon qualifiers.

The third-placed West African must win their remaining two matches and hope results from other group games go their way to grab a slot at the biennial championship.

Amodu, along with Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogungbote and Alloysius Agu, were named in the new national team technical crew on Thursday to help Nigeria coast to victory in the final two rounds of qualifying matches to the 2015 Afcon.

“We have been given an assignment that is tough and very challenging but not one that is impossible to accomplish. We will give it our very best and see how things can be turned around,” said the vastly experienced coach

“I think this situation is very similar to what we had in the qualifiers to the 2002 World Cup. We worked hard, did our bit and were fortunate to have results elsewhere also going our way.”

He added: “There are some things that, as humans, we cannot control just as there a lot more we can influence. I can assure everybody that we will give this assignment all we have and then hope that all other things fall in place for us.

“Let us all be modest in our expectations so that we do not put ourselves under undue pressure. Let everybody involved in the game in Nigeria pull together in the right direction and then we see what we can achieve with the next two games as mandated by the Nigeria Football Federation.”

Amodu Shuaibu Promises to Slavage Nigeria's Hope in Afcon Qualifiers.
Amodu Shuaibu Promises to Slavage Nigeria’s Hope in Afcon Qualifiers.
On his specific plans for the games in November, the Eagles coach said a detailed plan of action will be unveiled to the media as soon as ongoing deliberations are concluded.

“Planning has commenced. A lot of deliberations and discussions are already going on. We need to be very thorough with all aspects of our planning. Once we have concluded all these, we will unveil them to the media,” he said.


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