NIGE­RIA (22)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

IF Nige­ria want to make any kind of im­pact in South Africa, they will have to im­prove dra­mat­i­cally af­ter a sham­bolic qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign.

The Su­per Ea­gles floun­dered in their group and their fate was out of their hands on the last day of qual­i­fi­ca­tion and only an un­ex­pected win for Mozam­bique against Tu­nisia saw Nige­ria through.

The laboured per­for mances were a far cry from the hey­day of the mid-1990s when Nige­ria made a reg­u­lar im­pres­sion at the World Cup and won the Na­tions Cup and Olympic gold. And there is lit­tle op­ti­mism in Africa's most pop­u­lous na­tion that their team – a ma­jor source of na­tional pride – will re­peat past glo­ries.

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