Soccer coaches welcome 2010 draw schedule

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cape Town - Soccer coaches have welcomed the 2010 Final Draw schedule, promising that each team will perform their best during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Nigerian Coach Shuaibu Amodu said he was not intimidated by being drawn with South American giants Argentina.

"Each and every team in the World Cup is the same so it unnecessary to focus on one team," he said, adding that the players should take each and every game seriously.

New Zealand Coach Ricki Herbert said Group F (Italy vs New Zealand and Paraguay vs Slovenia) is going to be a tough group.

"Its going to be a tough group particularly Paraguay and Italy which have shown great performances in the qualifiers. However, this is going to inspire us."

He said although Italy will be one of the toughest opponents, they will take each and every game according to their plan.

Asked whether New Zealand will reach the second stage of the tournament, the coach said: "We don't have to think about that because that might put us under pressure, our aim is to focus on each and every game."

French Coach Raymond Domenech said he was very proud to be playing South Africa as they are the host country and he is sure that it is going to be difficult because Bafana Bafana will have most of the fans supporting them at the stadium.

France and South Africa have been placed in Group A. South Africa will play against Mexico and Uruguay will play against France.

Mexican Coach Jevier Aguire said it would be an honour to play South Africa as the eyes of the world would be on them as the host country which would encourage them to perform better on their home ground.

"There will be too much pressure but it's also an honour."