Super Eagles and Everton striker, Victor Anichebe has said that Nigeria have the men who can withstand the tide of Argentina when both continental giants clash in a 2010 World Cup Group B opener on June 12 at the Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Anichebe, who has a modest season playing for Everton in the 2009-2010Â English Premier League
season just gone back, is one of the players who is hoping to make the final cut into the Eagles 23-man squad to the 2010 showpiece event, said in Abuja that Nigeria have at the beck and call, the players who surmount all challenges that come their way in South Africa.
Speaking weekend, before joining the rest of the preliminary list on a training tour to the United Kingdom, Anichebe, 22, who missed the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, said that passion, strength and good preparations were the three ingredients that would ensure that the Eagles soar above all their foes at the premium soccer tournament.
â€œI do not see anything so intimidating in the players which Argentina would parade at the World Cup. The players at the disposal of Nigeria are at par with those from Argentina, so we are not afraid of them. We can withstand their opposition.
â€œIt does not even matter what opposition we would face at the South Africa because we have some very good players who can make Nigeria proud. For us to succeed, we need to do to show our passion, make use of our natural strength and tap into the good preparations that I am sure we are going to have on the training and playing tour.
â€œIf we do all these things, I am sure that God would se us through and we can match all our opponents, irrespective of their potentialsâ€, added the striker, who has an intimidating presence in the defence of the opposition.
As an exciting young talent both Nigeria, the country of his birth, and England, the country he moved to as a one-year-old, were keen to secure his services. He was called up by both countries at youth international level but withdrew from both squads.
In March 2007 Anichebe was called up to the senior Nigerian squad but did not feature in the match. A year later, he made his first appearance for Nigeria, scoring for the Super Eagles Olympic side in a World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
He has four international caps to his credit and would be hoping to increase that tally if he makes the flight to South Africa.