12th June, 2012
In a bid to redeem their image, Super Eagles players have vowed to make a mincemeat of the Amavubi of Rwanda when the two teams trade tackles in a Nations Cup qualifying match at U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday.
“This is a match that we must win. We are ready to play as a team on Saturday in order to secure victory against the Rwandans. The Malawi match has come and gone and all we want in Calabar is victory,” said Enyimba of Aba midfielder, Henry Uche.
On his part, Warri Wolves goal tender, Chigozie Agbim, said the Super Eagles are in a must-win encounter.
“We will go all out to win this return leg in Calabar because we cannot afford to lose or play a draw. Playing in the presence of football-loving Nigerian fans will surely be an added advantage for us when we play against Rwanda,” declared Agbim.
Another Warri Wolves player, Azubuike Egwuekwe, said: “Nigerians should expect victory on Saturday. We have made up our minds to give our fans nothing less than victory in the game.”
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Security Committee, Effiong Johnson, has appealed to Nigerian football fans not to write off the Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, on the recent performance of the team.
“I don’t like the way Nigerian fans get angry easily. They can’t use the few matches that the coach has played as the yardstick to judge him. They need to give him more time to prove himself as coach of the team,” said Johnson.
He added: “We need to understand the fact that we are in the process of building a new team. I know that we will surely achieve something positive if we can be patience and give the coach more time.”