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-A middle-aged man, identified as Chibike Amaechi, who allegedly jumped bail two years ago, was yesterday arrested by a team of policemen ​in Asaba, ​the Delta State capitalafter his surety (name withheld) had spent two years at the Ogwashi-Uku Prisonwhere he was remanded upon his failed efforts to produce suspect in court.+NIGERIANS have continued to shower encomiums on the Super Eagles since our national football ​team became the first African side to secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup holding ​in Russia. The team achieved this feat by beating ​the visiting Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 on Saturday October 72017 at the Godswill Akpabio StadiumUyo, Akwa Ibom State.
  
  
-It was reliably gathered ​that the suspect was arrested by the Police around Ezeani Avenue for allegedly robbing residents ​of the area two years ago of their belongings, including television sets, home theatres, musical equipment, handsets, clothes and jewellery at gun point with his gang members, hitherto at large.+Victory ensured ​that Nigeria garnered 13 points, thus giving ​the country an unassailable six-point lead over its closest rival, Zambia, which remains second on seven points after five matches in Group B of the African World Cup qualifying series.
  
  
-Expectedly, the suspectsporting a T-shirt and black trouserswas sighted by one of the residents he allegedly robbed while he was eating roasted plantain and beans around Anwai road in Asabawho shouted for help.+The Super Eagles became the toast of all football-loving Nigerians not only for securing qualification with a match to sparebut also for its outstanding performances in all the matcheswinning threedrawing two and even humiliating the dreaded Indomitable Lions of Cameroon 4-0. The team’s next game is against an already eliminated Algeria, a formality match which the Super Eagles coachGernot Rohr, has declared a must-win to finish with 16 points on the Group B qualifying log.
  
  
-In what appeared to be twist of event, ​the suspected shouted alongside his alleged victim ​in louder voice, "Thief ohThief oh," ​situation that attracted passersbywho allegedly swooped on him (suspect)hitting him with plywood before ​the Police arrived at the scene.+The success ​of the team is better appreciated by the fact that it competed for the sole World Cup qualifying ticket ​in Group B with such formidable opponents as Cameroon and Algeria who parade the reputation of having participated and recorded impressive performances in past World Cup tournamentsZambiaanother country in the group, is Confederation of African FootballCAFNations Cup winner in 2012. Indeed, Group B was dubbed ​the "Group of Death" by most pundits shortly after the draws.
  
  
-Confirming ​the incident, one of the policemen that effected the arrest ​of the suspect, who craved anonymity, said: "The suspect’s victim identified him and upon interrogation,​ he confessed to have jumped bail for a case of robbery two years ago."+We thus join all Nigerians in applauding ​the players and their technical crew for giving Nigeria ​the opportunity ​of taking part in a World Cup tournament ​for the sixth time since its debut in 1994. This is great consolation for our country which has been unable to feature in the African Nations Cup since winning the trophy in 2013.
  
  
-He disclosed that the suspect was being detained for further investigationBut his surety, ​who did not want his name in the print, said: "The value of the goods the suspect robbed ​the residents was N50000He was a carpenter ​in the same compound with me; hence I signed surety ​for him.+We particularly hail the commitment of the players and the resilience and patriotism which they brought to bear in the execution of the matches and the heart-warming results recordedWe also thank all the individuals and corporate organisations ​who have so far appreciated ​the efforts ​of the boys by showering them with cash gifts. 
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 +But we must put aside the euphoria and face the main task of making a meaningful impact at the Russia Mundial. Other countries which have secured their own tickets have already started preparations. Nigeria should do likewise. 
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 +The Nigeria Football FederationNFF and the Sports Ministry should immediately initiate the right preparationsOf great importance is securing quality international friendly tune-up matches. Being the first country to qualify ​in Africa imposes great responsibilities on Nigeria to lead the African challenge ​for the trophy, and we must live up to expectation.