By Tony Ubani
Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike says his team must score more goals to win their Afcon matches, and this just ahead of their must-win clash against Ethiopia.
The Super Eagles take on the Ethiopian team on Tuesday evening at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Nigeria lead 1-0 in their first Group C matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia, but were let down by poor finishing.
Without a doubt a favourite to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title, the Super Eagles have not been convincing.
The Burkinabe are top of the group with four points followed by Nigeria and defending champions Zambia on two each, while Ethiopia has only one.
Every nation has a chance to qualify for the quarter-final stage in what are must-win games for all. Emenike is under no illusion that they have to finish off their last group stage opponents with more goals.
“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal, maybe 1-0 could not be enough to claim victory, so we will do our best to score more goals in our next game,” said the Spartak Moscow forward.
“I knew from the onset that our group will be a most interesting and tough group, but no matter what, we just need to be optimistic of our qualification. As it is now, only victory against Ethiopia can give us the ticket.
“That means our destiny lies in our own hand and that is why we must give everything on Tuesday.”
The number nine scored on his AFCON debut against the Stallions and although he is happy with that fact, he is not happy with the result
Emenike added: “Like I have said before, my best is yet to be seen, this is just the beginning. I will always do my best to get the goals whenever I am in position to do so.
“My goals are possible because I got assists from my team mates, I appreciate everybody’s effort to make it happen. Together we will make Nigerians happy.
“It is always a thing of joy when a striker scores, but my happiness would have been more complete had we won all three points against Burkina Faso.
“Nigerians should keep their faith in us and we promise that the team will fly past Ethiopia on Tuesday. We have a lot to offer the country. We can do much more than what we did against Zambia and we will do that against Ethiopia.