After Thursday’s painful loss to Uruguay at the ongoing Confederations Cup championship in Brazil, the Super Eagles on Friday afternoon arrived the Brazilian city of Fortaleza for their last group game against world champions Spain.
The 22 players and officials arrived Fortaleza at about 2:10pm local time which is 6:10pm Nigerian time.
Immediately the Boeing 737 Gol aircraft touched down at the city’s international airport, all the players were consumed with thoughts of how to rescue their Confed Cup hopes against world and European champions, Spain on Sunday.
“We have to redeem our image here and we don’t care who the Spaniards are”, declared defence ace Godfrey Oboabona, who had a splendid game against Uruguay.
Azubuike Egwueke, who is yet to play a part in the ongoing tourney was also fired up for action.
“Whether am chosen or not to play against Spain I know my mates will do Nigeria proud”, he declared confidently.
On his part star attraction John Mikel Obi, simply believes that Nigeria has a good team that can hold its own against any team in the world. He is particularly happy to be playing against his Chelsea of England teammate, Fernando Torres.
“We will do our best to salvage the situation”, he said.
Similarly, Head of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, has urged the team to be focused and convert chances that will come their way if they were to leave the tournament with some respect.
“The team we have here is quite good but they make some elementary mistakes that professionals should not make and we have been talking to the crew. We can’t afford to make such mistakes against the world champions and if we waste chances as we did against Uruguay, you ultimately get punished for it”, he said.
– Sola Rogers (Twitter – @solarogers)
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