By Philips Adefioye
The Super Eagles have promised to surpass their previous bronze medal performances in the Africa Cup of Nations in the 27th edition holdingÂ in Angola.
One of the strikers, Osaze Odemwingie who made the promise at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, recalled that the team had won bronze medal twice since he joined them, adding that their target now is the trophy.
â€œI know that everybody in Nigeria is hungry for a serious achievement, so we players are waiting to do the country proud. The first Nations Cup I took part in, we came third and in the second it was the same position and hopefully this time around my colleagues and I will do our best to reverse the situation because this yearâ€™s Nations Cup is in our hands.
â€œWe are all going to make a difference and bring the trophy back to Nigeria but this can be done withÂ hard work, dedication and discipline during the championship. There is no short-cut to success, no more push over in football, no team is coming to complete the number but aspire to win the championship.â€
Still on the championship, Odewingie said the Eagles will not be afraid of any team after the group stage, pointing out that Cote dâ€™Ivoire, Ghana or Burkina Faso might be their next opponent which he sees as no big deal.
â€œDuring the last Nations Cup in Ghana, Cote dâ€™Ivoire did not play more than us, but it was by luck they won the match. Even against the Black Stars of Ghana, if we had maintained the tempo the way it was in the beginning of the match, we would have gone beyond the quarter final.â€
Concerning the World Cup in South Africa, Odemwingie said that the Eagles fear no foe. He argued that the Argentines are not new to them, adding that they are beatable.
â€œWe are going to the World Cup with our mind set to achieve something at the Mundial. If one does not have something in mind, you better not attend the championship but we are going to be there to achieve our goal and we are going to surprise every one that has written us off.Â We are going to qualify for the second around at the World Cup,â€ he said.