Tunisia will be the main threat to Nigeria's dream to feature at the 2010 World Cup, assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has disclosed.
The draw for the final qualifying round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, which was conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, has seen Nigeria come up against Mozambique, Kenya and Tunisia in Group B.
"Against the north Africans like Tunisia, anything can happen, even though it is generally accepted that while the game is declining over there and our football is on the rise, we cannot afford to take them lightly," said Amokachi who appeared at two FIFA World Cups for Nigeria.
"That is also not to say that we will underrate the other teams in our group, Kenya and Mozambique, because they have both made remarkable progress.The last time, we made a big mistake when we looked down on teams like Angola and Rwanda and paid dearly for it by not playing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany," Amokachi added.
"I know the players will be delighted with this group but we all know that we have to sit up because qualification will not come easy, not just for us but for the other so-called teams in the other groups," concluded the former Everton man.
Nigeria finished top of their group with 18 points from six matches in the previous round of the qualifiers, which also serve for the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Angola.
The winner of the five qualifying groups of four teams will qualify for the FIFA World Cup while the top three finishers in the groups will qualify for the Cup of Nations in Angola.