Such is the pressure on the Super Eagles to win that a draw in a 2013 AFCON qualifier in Liberia on Saturday would be a huge disappointment.
The country’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, has further raised the stakes with his personal interest in this West African clash.
He first put a call through to coach Stephen Keshi, urging him to lead the team to victory in Monrovia and on Wednesday, he was at the team’s training in Abuja to further stress the importance of this game.
After sensationally failing to reach the 2012 edition of this tournament Nigeria are leaving nothing to chance to ensure they feature at the next competition in South Africa in January.
The Eagles will fly to Liberia on a chartered flight from Abuja on the eve of the match to ensure they arrive in comfort and at their choosing.
Keshi hails Eagles spirit
Coach Stephen Keshiis happy with the spirit of his Eagles ahead tomorrow’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Liberia in Monrovia
“The good thing about the present Super Eagles team is that they all know each other. They have been together so it’s only very little thing that I would bring in to cement them together and make a solid team,” said Keshi during the team’s media parley on Wednesday.
“They know each other, they have played with each other in the Nigerian league and they have been friends so now it is just to put the chemistry on the field together as well as the commitment level that yes we have to defend our nation.
“With what I saw in camp, the oneness that exists in the team is good. We have stayed together since June which has really manifested. I saw a great atmosphere on the field and in the dining hall when we were eating you could see that they know what we want. It is good”.