By Philips Adefioye
Chief coach of the Under 23 national team, Austin Eguavoen has stated that the London 2012 Olympic qualifier against Tanzania is a must win for him.
Eguavoen said that the team’s loss to Tanzania was due to their inability to convert the chances they got but argued that the second leg in Benin City today will be an explosive revenge, adding that they will do every thing possible to get to the next level.
Despite injuries rocking the camp, the former Super Eagles handler expressed no fear in the team’s major players who have been ruled out of today’s match, pointing out that replacements have taken place.
“Our second leg match is a must win encounter. Although they beat us in the first leg in Dar es Salaam, we are not sitting on our oars. We are going all out to beat them and qualify for the next stage. London 2012 is our target, not only our target but to win the gold medal for the second time.
“Despite the injuries of the key players in our team, we have replacements for them. That notwithstanding, the boys are up to task, they are in high spirit.”
Meanwhile, Warri Wolves striker Ekigho Ehiosun has described his late invitation to the camp as good, adding that he was pleased with the call-up but promised to find the back of the net and see the country’s flag hoisted at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“I am happy with the invitation extended to me to be among the players against Tanzania. It is a big gift that I will make use. We will all apply our experiences from the clubside and follow the coach’s instruction to make sure that victory is ours at the end of the 90 minutes.
“We need Nigerian players, we all know what is at stake in this game against Tanzania, nothing would be taken for granted that day and by the grace of God ,victory is ours,” he said.