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2016 Olympics: Falcons May Miss Rio – Odeh

Falcons of Nigeria are expected to jet out for the make or mar second leg Olympics qualifying match against Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea today, after they had played out a one all draw in the first leg tie in Abuja a fort night ago.

Former coach of the team and currently head coach of the Bayelsa Queens, Rolandson Odeh cannot guarantee Nigeria’s passage for the event on Sunday, when the decisive leg would be played with the result of the first leg. “I cannot stick out my neck for this team on this issue because they cannot be trusted, “ he said.

“And in this situation going to Bata, the Guineans are tactically strong and could use home advantage against us. I was part of the team in 2008 and remembered vividly how they gave us problems.”

“It will be very dicey for Nigeria. If we could not get the result here, how possible can we achieve it in Bata though nothing is over yet, no matter how difficult it will be”. But I think with the right mentality, quality tactical and technical approach we can advance in Equatorial Guinea. I’m sure the players are full aware of the situation they found themselves and will certainly give the best to ensure Nigeria’s flag is fly hoisted in Rio de Janerio,” Odeh said.

“We cannot afford to miss the Olympics for the second time. Our   pedigree as African best in the last seven years is been put to test again. The coaches, players must rise up to the occasion and redeem their own image as giant of African women football,” he stressed. “I expected the coach Danjuma to have stuck with the World Cup squad. Despite we crashed out, I still think we had a good outing. I advised the coach to adopt the squad of his predecessor (Edwin Okon), but was surprised when I saw the starting lineup of the first leg on social media. “Immediately, I had fears we may struggle to feat our regular fire-power against the Guineans.

Not to forget, we have always had it tough against Equatorial Guinea. “I expected if he was going to change the team set-up to do that after the Olympic qualifiers. Even if he was scared of sabotage, he is still an acting coach holding brief until the NFF appoints a substantive coach. “He should have psyched the players to play and win for country.

They all need the winning bonuses just as he need to qualify the country too. “As a coach and a Nigerian, I will be happy if our flag is hoisted in Rio. I will advise the team to be focused, brave and ready for the worse in Bata. I know we can advance, if we are fully prepared,” he concluded.

-Chimaobi Uchendu


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