CRASH SILVER RECORD, DISU TELLS OBUH
Coach of 1989 Damman miracle Flying Eagles, Olatunde George Disu, says he has gone into a fasting and prayer session ahead of the Colombia 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, ostensibly to intercede for Nigeria to win the competition.
The competition which kicks off today is one that Nigeria had reached it's finals on two previous occasions, in Saudi '89 and Holland 2005, losing the ultimate prize on both occasions.
Disu, who was in charge in 89 told Daily Sunsports that his desire is to see Coach John Obuh getting it right this time round with his bunch of talented players most of who he used to dazzle the world on home soil during the Nigeria 2009 Under-17 World Cup.
The former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) technical director, who said he was confident Nigeria would do well in Colombia said nothing short of the cup would be good enough for the country.
'My desire is to see us win the cup in Colombia. I am on my knees praying for
the team to return to the country with the cup. I want to see Obuh surpassing my record and that of Samson Siasia, who was in charge in Holland 2005. It will be good to see the cup moving from Ghana to Nigeria,' Disu said.
It would be noted that the Flying Eagles defeated reigning world champions, Ghana in South Africa on their way to emerging African champions early this year.
Disu noted that the Flying Eagles are going into the Colombia championship after a good build up, even as he stressed that continuity is another factor that will help the team.
'Obuh has a good number of the boys that he used to win silver during the Nigeria 2009 Under-17 World Cup. So, there is continuity and he has prepared well for the Colombia campaign. All these will help him out there. More over, he is a humble, hard working and listening coach,' Disu said.
The Flying Eagles are billed to begin their campaign on Sunday night against Guatemala in the city of Armenia.