Nigeria pair of Chigozie Agbim and Godfrey Oboabona have made it clear that they are ready to face South Africa in Wednesday’s Nelson Mandela Challenge in Durban.
Sunshine Stars captain, Oboabona and Agbim, who is on the books of Enugu Rangers, agreed that the Bafana Bafana will be keen to upset the African champions at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Oboabona said the game is just not an international friendly but “a match of prestige” while Agbim reckoned tagged it a grudge tie.
“Yes it is a friendly match but at the same time it is a match of prestige for the two countries. I am not expecting an easy game because they will want to beat us because we are African champions and that will be big news if they do. But we will do our best and by God’s grace come out with a good result,” Nigeria centre-back, Oboabona, told supersport.com.
Agbim, who is likely to start the game from the bench, said in clear terms: “They will be tough. Remember we came to South Africa and won the Africa Cup of Nations this year and that will be on the back of their minds. So I’m sure they will be motivated to want a win against us. But we will do our best to protect our nation’s record against them.”
Nigeria expect the trio of John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Fegor Ogude to join their squad at their Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani hotel lodgings in Durban on Tuesday.”