2010 WC/CAN qualifiers : Nigerian coach settles the math

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Nigeria’s chief coach Shuaibu Amodu has said the Super Eagles will win their first four matches in the final phase of the joint 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifiers to ensure that they top their group and pick the ticket to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

”Let me tell you, my target is to win our first four games and we are almost through arithmetically,” the local press quoted him as saying Tuesday.

”With 12 points and two games left, we would have clinched the qualification ticket (from group B) because we would have a home game to take us to 15 points,” Amodu said.

The final phase of the qualifiers opens in March 2009, with Nigeria taking on Mozambique in Maputo in the opening match.

The chief coach assured that Nigeria will beat Mozambique at home as part of its strategy to win the group, which also comprises Kenya and Tunisia.

”We want to beat Mozambique convincingly with goals to top the table from the blast of the whistle. The Tunisians also have an away game against Kenya and we anticipate that they would would also want to beat Harambee Stars in Nairobi.

”If they succeed and we too do the same to Mozambique, what would count would be the goal difference,” he said.

Only the winners of the five groups will qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while the top three in each group will advance to the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.

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