It’ll Be More Than Friendly —Okoronkwo


Solomon Ndubisi Okoronkwo of Nigeria has declared that the international friendly match between Nigeria and Ghana, which will be played tonight in London, will be more than a friendly tie.

Okoronkwo, who plies his trade at Aalesund in the Norwegian Premier League, said the Eagles will play the match with all seriousness because they cannot afford to lose again to their arch rival after last year’s defeat.

“If the Ghanaian players think we are going to take the match as a friendly, they need a rethink because we are going to put in our best to make sure we beat them.

“With the calibre of players Coach Samson Siasia has invited for the tie, I have no doubt that we are going to come out victorious and make our opponents experience a bitter taste of defeat,” said Okoronkwo, who once played for Hertha Berlin FC of Germany and was part of Nigeria’s U- 23 team that won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Meanwhile, John Mensah of Ghana said they will be making use of the encounter to confirm their superiority over the Super Eagles and to confirm that the 4-1 victory they recorded over Nigeriaat the same venue last year was never a fluke.

“It’s going to be a tough match and we are ready for it. We are going to show Nigerians and the rest of the continent that we have come to take over as the king of African soccer.

“I hope they will field all their star players just as we are going to do, so that at the end of the match there will be no talk of fielding an under strength team for the encounter,” Mensah said.

—Bamidele Olowosagba

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