Nigel Worthington believes his team's South Africa 2010 qualifying campaign has been a success, with Northern Ireland finishing fourth in Group 3.
Switzerland and Slovakia seized Europe's last two automatic berths in South Africa, while Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine made the play-offs.
Northern Ireland earned an impressive goalless draw away to Czech Republic to round off what has been an admirable qualifying campaign.
Defender Marek Jankulovski said he was quitting international football after the Czech Republic lost all hope of qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Slovakia captain Robert Vittek has vowed that "qualification will be ours" after suffering a setback in their South Africa 2010 bid against Slovenia.
Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia head into Wednesday's final qualifiers hoping to claim the two remaining direct tickets to South Africa.