Will Nigeria make the 2010 World Cup?
According to Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu, the answer is a resounding YES.
Many pundits voiced concern after a below-par outing against Jamaica in an international friendly in London two weeks ago. But Amodu isn't concerned in the least.
"We are not worried by the comments, because at the end of the day, we know where we are going. Is it better for us to break bones and win a friendly against Jamaica and then go below strength to a World Cup qualifier in Mozambique and lose?
"That is the critical question. I want the team to win every match, the entire technical crew wants the team to win every match, but there are situations you get to that you know there is nothing in being penny-wise and pound-foolish."
MY POV: I tend to side with Amodu here. It was a friendly. Nothing to get too excited about.
Now should they falter in their next Cup qualifier ... well, watch out. The knives will be sharpened, calling for the coach's head.
After the Super Eagle's poor showing at the African Cup of Nations last year, a poor run in Cup qualifiers will not sit well.