Joseph Yobo says he would prefer not to have to come up with a late goal in today’s 2012 Nations Cup qualifier against Guinea at the Abuja National Stadium.
The Nigeria captain has pitched up with decisive goals in recent games, including the opener against Madagascar to open the scoring after a nervy hour, but says he will prefer the easier option against Guinea.
”My job is to defend, and I like to go forward for set pieces because I always feel like I can get a goal.
”But I think I will just prefer it if we get an early goal through the strikers and the midfielders, so that the fans can relax and enjoy the game.
”For us as a team, it doesnt matter who scores as long as we win. And we will all support the strikers to make sure they get the supply they need to score goals.
”We have a very good squad of quality players and any one is capable of getting us the winner.
”What we need now is for the fans to come out early, fill up the stadium and give the Guineans a tough atmosphere.”
Nigeria will advance top of the group with a 1-0 win, but if the Guineans score, the Super Eagles will need to win by two clear goals.
Word of a vision from a popular pastor has had Nigerians worried about the outcome of the game, but Yobo says he feels no pressure.
”I never feel pressure. Of course every game is difficult because you are playing against fellow professionals who want to win. But we know the ability we have in our squad and we know how much stronger we have become tactically, so there’s no pressure.
”As long as we go there and do our jobs properly, we should get a good result and qualify.”