–Eagles interim coach says 2015 AFCON is achievable
Super Eagles interim coach Shaibu Amodu has promised to give his best in helping Nigeria qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations holding in Morocco next year as he appealed to Nigerians to be modest in their expectations from the team.
Amodu who was brought on board by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to salvage the Super Eagles hope of featuring at the 2015 edition of the AFCON after former Coach Stephen Keshi was relieved of the senior national team job said he will give his 100% in the assignment as he leads the team against South Africa and Congo in the remaining two qualifying games next month.
Speaking through the Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, the former BCC Lions of Gboko said he has been given an assignment that tough but not one that is not possible.
“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.”
“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.”
“There is something 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 said.
On his specific plans for the games in November, the Super 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 concludes.
The Super Eagles are third in Group A of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers behind South Africa and Congo. Nigeria will need maximum points from their remaining games to be sure of their place at the biennial tournament she won in South Africa in 2013.