•GETTING SET...Super Eagles in training at the Abuja National Stadium ahead of the South Africa 2010 World Cup.

Super Eagles striker, Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins, has revealed that it would take a miracle for the team to meet the expectations of Nigerians at the 2010 World Cup, which kicks-off in South Africa in 13 days time.

The Wolfsburg of Germany Striker said on Brila FM yesterday  that as much as the team wish to do well at the Mundial it is going to be difficult for them to go all the way.

Martins stated that they are ready to go the extra mile to make Nigerians happy but he cautioned that their group opponents, Argentina, Greece and South Korea are good sides that may dash their hopes.

Speaking further, he explained that the Super Eagles are a bunch of good and talented individual players who can hold their own against any team but stated that lack of cohesion may be their bane.


He, however, promised that they will not disappoint the nation when the mundial kicks off on 11June.

Nigeria will play against Argentina on 12 June in Johannesburg in a match that would decide how far the Super Eagles will go at the first World Cup on African soil.

The team may be relying on the presence and luck of Mr President, Goodluck Jonathan who has promised to watch the match against the Lionnel Messi inspired Argentina.

They will later take on Greece and South Korea in their other Group B matches. Meanwhile the Super Eagles will confront Colombia’s national team in a friendly match on Sunday in London as part of the team’s build-up to the World Cup. The team played a drab goalless draw with Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in Austria.

—Wale Joseph