Super Eagles players and coaching crew have been talking tough ahead of their all-important game against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya on Saturday.
The Eagles, who had their first training session yesterday, had their pre-match conference with reporters in Uyo earlier today and they’ve promised the country’s football fans they won’t disappoint.
According to Ahmed Musa who is the stand-in captain, the team would be affected by Mikel Obi’s absence but that won’t stop them from picking a maximum three points.
The former Kano Pillars and Leicester City’s striker further stressed that Victor Moses retirement will have no impact on the team’s display as there are capable replacements for the former Wigan Athletic winger, who ends his international career to focus on his club career.
“We will definitely miss the captain. We all understand his importance to the team.
“Victor Moses is no longer available for selection… We have players who are capable of filling the void,” he said.
As for Isaac Success who got his first call to international duty after one year, the players are training hard and are raring to go.
The re-born Watford striker admits he lost his form throughout last season but he’s back to shape and he’s willing to give 100% for the team.
”I am back to shape a bit more fitter. I am coming back to give my 100% to the team against Libya ” he told reporters.
On his part, the Super Eagles head coach Genort Rohr is confident his players will give good account of themselves against the North African side on Saturday.
He revealed his happiness at the return of Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon to the team after injuries ruled them out of action during the previous international break.
“It is wonderful that Moses Simon recovered following his injury before the World Cup.
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Saturday’s game is a must-win encounter for the Nigeria national team if they must maintain their hope of qualifying for next year’s AFCON competition in Cameroon.