AFCON 2015 : Support not condemn us, Mikel, Ejide tell Nigerians

Mikel Obi

Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi, has urged Nigerians to concentrate on the next three African championship qualifiers instead of whining over last Saturday’s 0-1 loss to Sudan in Khartoum.

The Chelsea midfielder said the team in particular and Nigerians in general must quickly forget the ugly past and concentrate on the remaining three games.

“I can’t still believe how and why we lost that game, it’s important to move ahead and for those saying we don’t deserve to be in Morocco, I think that is unfortunate and we must stop spreading that negativity because it gets to the team,” he said

Blaming bad pitch for their woes, he said “the pitch we played in was awful. You can’t move, the ball bounces when you want to control it and when you shoot it goes the wrong direction, it was a nightmare playing on that pitch.”

Similarly, goalkeeper, Austin Ejide, said there is a need for Nigerians to come together and support the team at times like this instead of condemning the team.

“It’s at times like this that we need the media and all of Nigerians but what we hear is condemnation, crucify them. That will not help the team.”

The Super Eagles team is the last team in the group with just a point; and has since arrived Abuja on Sunday Morning to continue training in further preparations for their campaign in the qualifiers.

With their recent ranking in their group, the Super Eagles risk not going to Morocco for the 2015 AFCON tournament.

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