Former Super Eagles right back and ex-international, Mobi Oparaku has called on the Super Eagles team to ensure they make a statement to the rest of the continent with a convincing win over the Syli Nationale of Guinea.
Nigeria will reach the Round of 16 of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt if the Super Eagles put the Syli Nationale of Guinea to the sword in their second match of the tournament on Wednesday. The match starts at 4.30pm Egypt time, which is 3.30pm in Nigeria.
Guinea’s unexpected 2-2 draw against debutants Madagascar on Day 1, for which both teams shared a point each, means any team that harnesses six points in Group B would most certainly progress to the knockout rounds.
Speaking with brila.net, Mobi stated that the players should go all out and get the win so as to ensure they send a message to the remaining teams in the tournament.
“First game we came out with three points and people are happy. Happy because they came out with three points, after missing out on two editions”.
“For the second match today, I believe the players have to stamp an authority showing we are back, it’s like our world cup in Africa”.
“We show them we are there to compete and not to participate. The younger ones should be educated by the older ones about the importance of the match knowing we will qualify with a win”.
“I do not want them to leave it late like was the case in the first match. The Guineans are good, I saw their game against Madagascar, they are good and we should be careful, but like I said, I need them to make a statement”.
“With a good statement in today’s game, the rest of the continent will know that we are back”