6th September, 2011
Captain of Nigeriaâ€™s Super Sand Eagles, Isiaka Olawale, has declared that he and his teammates are ready to play the game of their lives when they meet Tahiti in their last group match in the ongoing FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Ravenna, Italy tonight.
The Nigerian team bounced back from their shaky start in the World Cup with a 5-3 win over Venezuela on Sunday.
Speaking with brilafm.net, Olawale, who expressed happiness with the victory over Venezuela said the focus of the team now is to beat Tahiti in order to boost their chance of qualifying to the next stage of the tournament.
â€œIâ€™m really happy and this result has come at the right time. We are just looking forward to the game against Tahiti,â€ he said.
Assessing their match against Venezuela, Nigeriaâ€™s coach Audu Adamu, said: â€œIt wasnâ€™t an easy game for us as the two teams were evenly matched. Every side in the competition has at least one great player in their ranks and thatâ€™s why weâ€™re going into each game as if it were a final. I promised my people weâ€™d go through to the next round at the expense of Tahiti. Weâ€™ll get there for our friends and families.â€
Tahiti assistant coach, Roberto Cavallo, also said they will approach the match as if it was a final cracker. After Russia beat his team 0-5 on Sunday, he said: â€œWe still played a good match against a great team, especially in the first two periods when we gave away almost nothing to Russia.
â€œFor us it was another chance to gain experience because we still have to grow. Against Nigeria it would be like a final. We have to make a big effort, to qualify would be exceptional.â€