Ahead of the Leone Stars encounter with the Super Eagles, Coach Shaibu Amodu has declared that he would not underrate the Leone Star of Sierra Leone in his next 2010 African Cup of Nations/FIFA World Cup qualifier scheduled for 11th October in Abuja, Nigeria..
The former Dolphin of Port Harcourt told Complete Sports that the October 11 encounter which is already dubbed a formality match is more important than the five games he has played so far in the qualifying series.
“This match is very important to me and I am going to give it the best approach I can to make sure I win. People have been saying it is a formality match but to me it is a very important match and we really have to be serious about it,” begins the dark complexioned coach.
“I was given an assignment to win all my matches and qualify for both the Nations Cup and FIFA World Cup and that is what I am strictly working towards. We have played five matches, we won all and everybody is happy with the team, so if we win this match even with plenty goals, it would be to the joy of football loving Nigerians.”
Amodu, who is already targeting victory against the Sierra Leoneans in the October 11 encounter, said he would not underrate the visitors.
“We are definitely not going to underrate Sierra Leone despite the fact that we have won five matches. We are going to take the match as if we have not won anyone and I hope my players will understand this fact,” he added.
“We went to South Africa and came back with victory; I want you to understand that this was made possible because we did not underrate the South Africans, so we are going to do the same in our next game.”
The Super Eagles, who currently top their group with 15 points after five victories, will host the Leone Star of Sierra Leone at the Abuja National Stadium.
In connection with the match, about 14 foreign-based players and 6 home-based players will form part of the Sierra Leone contingent to make the trip to Nigeria.
As the National team need to qualified at all cost for the next stage of the competition a loss in Nigeria will affect the team’s chances to qualify.
Some of the foreign base players that are expected to be invited by the team are Kewullay Conteh, Mustapha Bangura, Sheriff Sumah, Mohamed Kallon, Samuel Barllay and host of others