10th October, 2012
Chief coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi has said the 2- 2 draw his team had with Liberia in Monrovia has angered his boys who are now fully prepared to demolish the Lone Star on Saturday in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the U.J. Esuene Sports Stadium in Calabar, Cross River to prove their superiority.
He said the $300,000 promised the Liberian team by the president of that country notwithstanding, the Super Eagles would on Saturday come out ruthlessly to demolish the Lone Star.
Keshi told newsmen in Calabar Wednesday that “my team are fully ready for the match and I can assure you that we will make President Goodluck Jonathan smile and show him that in the face of all these calamities the country is facing there is something to cheer about.
He said the Eagles’ captain, Joseph Yobo, who is down with a swollen leg, would play a motivating role on the day of the crucial match, adding that Vincent Enyeama would captain the team on Saturday.
Ikechukwu Uche assured Nigerians to expect nothing but victory as the Eagles will prove to the Liberians that football is not about talking.
“The Liberians are talking too much and we would teach them a good football lesson,” said the Villarreal of Spain star.
According to him, in the past when Nigeria’s national team is playing Liberia there was no conjecture as to who would win and the margin is usually very wide.
“I can assure you that Saturday would be a return to those good old days,” he boasted.
Nosa Igiebor who plays for Real Betis of Spain said the team have been training well and the environment is good for the match.
“What we need is the prayers of our people because for us, victory is already assured,” he said.
Ben Alaiya, the Media Officer of the Eagles said the team are prepared to beat the Lone Star.
“Though a draw at this stage would qualify us for the Nations Cup, the Eagles will prove to the world that defeating a side like Liberia is not a big deal,” Alaiya said.
By Emma Una/ Calabar