1st September, 2011
The Super Eagles have been called upon to beat Madagascar in Sundayâ€™s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Antananarivo. Failure to do so means Nigeria are out of the race to the championship in Equatorial Guniea and Gabon.
The duo of Kingsley Obiekwu and Mutiu Adepoju believe the Sundayâ€™s game is a must-win for the coach Samson Siasia-led team.
They contended that the Eagles have been condemned to beat their hosts as failure to do so would see Nigeria missing out of next yearâ€™s African championship.
Obiekwu urged Siasia to field only committed players despite the depleted nature of the team with some of the key players being rule of the tie.
Former Eaglesâ€™ midfielder, Adepoju, has declared that only determination and focus will see the team through in Antananarivo.
Adepoju said that despite injuries to two key players, Kalu Uche and Osaze Odemwingie, the Eagles should go out to beat their opponents.
â€œThese are two important players of the team and definitely their absence is going to be felt, but we still have other good players that can go to Madagascar and win. All they need are focus, determination and commitment,â€ he said.
The Super Eagles departed Nigeria for Madagascar yesterday for the crunch tie aboard a chartered flight. The team will jet out to Bangladesh afterwards to honour the 6 September international friendly against Argentina.