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Tuesday, 28 May, 2002, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Olisadebe puts team first
Poland's Emmanual Olisadebe, left, fights for the ball against Songnam's Kim Young-chul
Olisadebe puts team first

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Poland's star striker says he does not mind if he fails to find the net throughout the tournament so long as the team do well.

"I scored eight times in qualifying, so I guess it's no wonder that fans believe in me and wish me luck," Olisadebe said in an interview with Rzeczpospolit newspaper.

"I believe in myself, too, but scoring is not the most important thing for me.

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I will be up against the best defenders in the world - I want to do as well as I possibly can
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Emmanuel Olisadebe

"If we get to the semi-finals and I haven't scored even once, I will be happy as well. Everyone wants the best result possible. And it doesn't matter how we achieve it."

The Nigeria-born Panathinaikos striker, is extremely excited about playing in his first World Cup finals and hopes it will take him on to bigger and better things.

"It's going to be a very important moment in my life, both private and professional," Olisadebe said. It will be a test for me as a player.

"I will be up against the best defenders in the world. I want to do as well as I possibly can. This is partly because I'm already thinking of playing in a better league than the Greek league.

"I don't think I've wasted my time at Panathinaikos, but I have played too little. For different reasons the coaches don't give me enough of a chance.

When a player is sitting on a bench, he gets sad and would like to change things. I'm in such mood right now."

Olisadebe admits that France, Argentina and Brazil are far more likely to win the World Cup than Jerzy Engel's team.

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I won't say Poland are the best - but the weaker team has won in the pas
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Emmanuel Olisadebe

"Advancing to the second round will certainly be a success for us. But, if we make it, everything will be possible.

"I won't say that the Polish team are the best - we all know it's not. But the weaker team has won and finished in a higher position before.

"I'm a bit afraid of the match against Korea - not because they are better, but because they know how to play in such a difficult climate."

Despite his conversion to the Polish cause, Olisadebe says he will still befollowing Nigeria closely.

"I will be supporting them - I couldn't do otherwise," he said.

"But for me it is an honour to play for the Polish side and the most important thing is that we do well. It will always be like that.

"Nigeria have been struggling of late and are in a very tough group. I don't think they will be the best-placed of the African teams. In my opinion, Cameroon will finish higher."

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