By Fidelis Ebu
Super Eagles players shortly before their departure Wednesday to Durban, South Africa, on training tour ahead the African Nations Cup in Angola bared their minds on what to expect.
Michael Eneramo of Esperance Sportive du Tunis: We have all it takes to beat Egypt in our first group game. Certainly, Egypt will fall if we put our acts together.We are aware of the desperation in them to retain the title they won in Ghana , especially as they missed the 2010 World Cup finals ticket, but we will shock them. We are also aware that Egypt is not the only team we have to contend with, there are Mozambique and Benin .
Elderson Echijele, a left back with Rennes FC, France: I donâ€™t foresee any difficult team and an easy team to beat. Every team in Angola is there for a purpose just as we will be there with the aim of winning.The most important thing is to pray for good outing, and we will take each game as it comes; it will be one after the other. Iâ€™ve heard many whisperings that Egypt will be a tough side, but I will say that Benin would also be a difficult side depending on the approach. With determination and dedication, we will come out victorious.
Chidi Odia, a defender with CSKA Moscow, Russia: Iâ€™m going for my second African Cup of Nations in Angola, my first was in Egypt in 2006. I could not go to Ghana because of injury, but this time in Angola , I will give my best to ensure victory for the team. I have the conviction that we will win no matter the team on our way, but one thing should be noted, no team is a minnow in this Angola tournament.
We will approach every match as if we are playing a final game, and if that approach is adopted, we will surely make impact.
Yusuf Mohammed, a defender imported from Switzerland : Anyone going for a battle always aims to win, and as we are preparing for Angola, our aim is to come back with the trophy.The one week training we will undergo in Durban will make a lot of impact in our participation.
Sani Kaita, a midfielder from FC Kublan, Russia : We perform creditably when pressure is on us. There is no pressure now except some calls to over haul the technical crew of the team. I believe with the current technical crew we will get what we want. The issue is the attitude of the players. With the one week of training in Durban, we will sort out a lot of things to ensure we go to Angola as a team and play as a team.
Chinedu Obasi, attacker with Hoffeihein, Germany. Our coming together this early will give us the required time to blend as a team. This one week of training together is what we have not had previously. So, now we will understand ourselves better for the ball to speak in our language.
Obinna Nsofor, an attacker with Malaga FC, Spain : We have great matches to play in Angola, all matches would be given equal measure as there is no minnow anymore in football.
Many are saying that a win against Egypt will fetch us the title, but I say no because there are other teams in our group to beat before talking about advancing in the tournament.
Depending on how we fare in the group games, we will have either Cameroon , Zambia or Tunisia to contend with. And these are also strong teams one cannot ignore.