NIEKETIEN, OGABA FEAR FOR VICTORY IN ANTANANARIVO
As the Super Eagles prepare to tackle their Madagascan counterpart in far away Antananarivo tomorrow, former Flying Eagles players, Peter Nieketien and Peter Ogaba have expressed fears over the possibility of coming back with the expected three points in the all important Nations Cup qualifier against the Barea at the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo.
Nieketien said, 'If we do not have any problem with injuries and the players put their house in order, I believe they will rise to the occasion with the desired three points in the kitty.
With what happened in Ethiopia, all the players now understand that, the qualification ticket is a must for us and themselves too, knowing that a few of them have not played in the Nations Cup before.
The game is a decider of our qualification, if we cannot take the maximum three points, we are out of the Nations Cup. All we need is 6 points to qualify, so if we allow one point to slip away in Antananarivo, no matter the score-line we get from the Guinea tie, we are out.
On his part, Ogaba said, 'With the players' body language ahead of the botched friendly against Ghana, you will know that the attitude is not the way it ought to be from their standpoint. I know that there are players out there who are ready to give 200% for Nigeria, but Siasia should look deep and search for them as he gets to Antananarivo and not those that want to enjoy football. If the players with him are players that cannot give more than 100%, then I am afraid we will have problems.
'I know Madagascar will come out on us, no matter how we rate them. They will do this to prove to us that they are a good side too. So, for me, the best way to play them, is to seat back and watch for the first five to ten minutes of the game, then we can now decide how best we can devour them. I do not want Siasia to rush into getting a goal because the he will be against all the odds most especially, the whether,' Ogaba said.