The coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi has assured Nigerians that his boys will be victorious in the Saturday’s quarterfinal cracker against Morocco.
“We don’t want to talk much; we would prefer to do all the talking on the pitch,” he said.
Keshi also disclosed that goalkeeper and team captain Chigozie Agbim would lead the team, stressing that the goalkeeper is getting better as the tournament progress.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, David Mark, on Friday in Abuja tasked the Super Eagles to step up their game so as to beat the Atlas Lions of Morocco on Saturday.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Mr Paul Mumeh.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria’s Eagles will take on the Lions in a quarter-final match at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.
Mark, in the statement, implored the Nigerian side not to give room for any flaw in the crucial encounter, adding that they should give no chance to the opponents.
“So far, you have done well. But, in the remaining matches, you should step up your game and ensure that you give your opponents no chance at all.
“Your victory is important to the nation, in order to make us a clear soccer leader in Africa,” the statement said.
It further enjoined the players to win the trophy not just for the national pride but as a vital birthday gift to team head coach Stephen Keshi who turned 52 on Thursday.
“The nation is eagerly waiting and we are in prayers for your success in South Africa.
“The Federal Government will do its part of the bargain, in terms of your adequate welfare,’’ the statement said.
It also commended Keshi and his technical crew colleagues for transforming the national team to a pride of the country.
On his part, Morocco coach Hassan Benabicha said today’s quarterfinal clash against the Super Eagles at Cape Town Stadium might turn out to be the match of the tournament.
“The two games against Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso were wake up calls for us. We however, showed against Uganda what we are capable of doing. The match against Nigeria should be the match of the tournament; talk of a final before the final and this is it,” said Benabicha.
“We all had a slow start but are picking at the right time. We should provide the spectators with a really treat of a game. I personally am relishing the prospect of this encounter,” he said.