Super Eagles players and officials said they have put the 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso behind them and are looking forward to the potential group decider against defending champions, Zambia on Friday with Head Coach Stephen Keshi saying only a win will do.
“We threw away the game in the last minute but that is football, if you fail to take your chances you get punished. But I have absolute confidence that you are still the big team of the group and on Friday go out there and prove it against Zambia”, Keshi told the players moments after the encounter against the Burkinabe.
Skipper Joseph Yobo said he believes the team will go all the way in the championship and will prove that in the game against Zambia.
“One slip on the way does not end the journey, we are determined to make Nigerians happy with this tournament”, he said.
Yobo said the team exhibited a high level of team spirit before the equalizer. He urged Nigerians not to give up on the squad.
Midfield star, Mikel Obi, said the Eagles were a bit naïve in the manner they approached the closing stages of the encounter. Mikel, who was named Man of the Match, said rather than being awarded Man of the Match, he would have loved for the team to get the three points from the match against Burkina Faso.
There are already indications that Chelsea star, Victor Moses, who was rested by Head Coach Stephen Keshi because he was not 100 per cent fit, will play a role in the game against Zambia. Victor Moses has been certified fit by the Eagles medics.
The Eagles returned to training on Tuesday afternoon to perfect strategies for the game against Zambia on Friday.
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