Sports analyst and director of Cowbell Academy, Lagos, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, has advised Nigerians, the Super Eagles and team’s technical crew, led by Franco-German coach, Gernot Rohr, to cease the celebrations for the win over the Chipolopolo of Zambia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying game last weekend in Ndola, Zambia and direct attention towards the home game against Algeria on November 12, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP Weekend Sports,yesterday, Dudu-Orumen, said: “Yes, they got a win against Zambia in Ndola and they got the three points to boot. Great. But that is as exciting as it gets. When we win the Algerians here on November 12, then we can begin to smile, pat ourselves on the back and say ‘this team is on its way’.
“I think we are overly celebrating the win over Zambia, but, when you look at it, they have never really been a threat to our chances to get to the World Cup.
“If I were Rohr and his cohorts, I would be more worried about Algeria and Cameroon, who would come calling at home here, at different times.
“On November 12, we would be having the Algerians over and, the only thing I can say that win has done is give the lads confidence. That’s all.
“This is not about Rohr proving anything to anyone; this is what he was hired to do. He has to do it.
“True, he may not be the kind of coach we would have gone for on a great day, but he is here and it has become his job; no excuses,” said Dudu-Orumen.
The sports analyst disagreed with many who were kicking against the choice of the stadium in Uyo for the game.
“See, as far as we are concerned, the lads have no reason not to get on that pitch and get a win. We must not give them this impression that they have excuses not win on that day.
“They have played a number of games on that pitch, with a variety of results, but on that day, the World Cup qualifier for the Eagles realy begins, without question,” Dudu-Orumen said.
He called on Rohr to prove himself, his capability and consider an opportunity to become “world class”.
“Coaching the Eagles is no job for every Dick and Harry and now that he has it; all he has to do is run with it and deliver on the job. I wish him and the team luck,” the sports afficionado concluded.
Dudu-Orumen echoed Rohr’s view in Ndola last week after the game, when he insisted that the team’s World Cup slot-search would really begin after wins over Algeria and Cameroon.
“We can not celebrate too much; we have got serious games against Algeria and Cameroon on our hands and we cannot sit and rejoice. The Algerians are coming.”