BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA
Victor Agali, the lanky former Super Eagles’ striker who entered record books as the scorer of the milestone Nigeria’s 100th goal in the FIFA World Cup qualifying series has advised technical adviser on bonding in the camp.
Agali’s record was achieved in the January 27, 2001 Super Eagles defeat of Sudan in Port Harcourt.
Sports Village Square, custodian of records and data on Nigerian sports confirms that the historic 100th goal was scored in the 67th minute of the match when Agali doubled Nigeria’s lead in an eventual 3-0 victory.
Nigeria then became the first African side to hit a century of goals in World Cup qualifiers. Agali, the record maker in a telephone interview with Sports Village Square has advised the Super Eagles handler to be wary of possible mafia-like caucuses that often spring out in the squad.
“I urge Rohr to work more on the unity of the team. Players love keeping caucus whenever they are on national team duty.
“I am saying this base on experience. I urge the technical crew to keep close watch on the way some of the upcoming or home based will be treated compared to the big goon’s in the team. Failure to do this will be very dangerous,” remarked the former Germany’s Shalke 04 striker.
Focusing specifically on the twin assignments of qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup and Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Agali remarks:
“The immediate matches are crucial for us. They are ‘must win’ matches. The coach has done well by inviting the best legs for the next encounter, but I will be happy seeing him building the team among the young stars who are aiming to make names”.