Yobo catches cold over Group C opponents

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By Ben Efe

Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has refused to commit himself to predicting Nigeria’s final destination at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations starting on Saturday in South Africa. Yobo stated that the team’s focus will be to get out of a seemingly tough group where all the teams pack a credential and each is capable of causing upset.

Nigeria will play against Burkina Faso on January 21 while Ethiopia and Zambia will square up in the other group game. Though Yobo argued that Nigeria can reach the final of the tournament, he added that it will depend on how they perform in the group matches.

Yobo Joseph

Yobo Joseph

“ Let us not get beyond ourselves, though. The focus for now is one getting past the group stage and only then should we think about the quarter-finals and, hopefully, the semi-finals and final.

“Winning the trophy is not going to be easy, but I promise we will give it our best shot. I urge Nigerians to keep praying for us and to believe in this team,” Yobo said on cafonline.com.

Ethiopia’s Wadi Degla confirms Yobo’s apprehension of the group pairings as he said the Walya Anthelops are just as good as any of the teams in the group.

“Our group is very difficult. Nigeria is a big team, and so is Zambia, who won the Nations Cup the last time. However, our team is also strong. We have lost only one game in the last year, so I believe we can have a good tournament, God willing. We will play with the aim of reaching the next round,” said the striker who has scored nine goals from 12 international matches.

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