In pictures: Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Upbeat Mood ahead of tie against Cameroon
As football fans eagerly await the kick off time of the first leg tie of Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, LinCornellah’s blog brings you latest pictorial updates and quotes on that match, as obtained from the twitter accounts of Nigeria Football Federation (@thenff) and the Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles), respectively.
Coach Gernot Rohr (@NGSuperEagles): “We want the fans to turn out and fill up the stadium on Friday to support us to victory. We need them.”
Nigeria Football Federation (@NGSuperEagles) “Let’s get ready to cheer our darling Super Eagle ceaselessly tomorrow. Let’s be prepared to show our love for our team from start to finish. Let’s play our role in making victory a reality. Wear Green and White.”
Mikel Obi, Team Captain: “The World Cup is the biggest stage in Football. You can never have enough of it. We want to be in Russia 2018.”
Leon Balogun, Germany-based Defender: “This is not going to be an easy game. We’ll need to be at our best. We will give our all to pick the three points at stake.”
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Goal Keeper: “It is a huge responsibility to represent Nigeria. I thank the Coaches for the opportunity. I will not disappoint.” Ezenwa has been handed the goal keeper’s position following injuries to Daniel Akpeyi, first choice goal keeper, after Carl Ikeme, who is down with leukemia.
Ola Aina, Chelsea Defender, awaiting Super Eagles debut (@supereaglestats): “As I say, it will be tough but I am very much looking forward to both matches and hopefully playing in the Super Eagles colours.” It would be recalled that Aina played for England’s under 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 levels respectively. In another tweet today, he stated: “It was a very proud moment to get called up by Nigeria and the prospect of representing my country for the first time is very exciting.”
Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles): “Dear @Carl_Ikeme, we are solidly behind you. You will overcome this set back. You will bounce back stronger and better.” #SoarSuperEagles.
Nigeria tops Group B of Africa’s round of Russia 2018 World cup qualifying matches with 6 points, having beaten Zambia and Algeria respectively, in previous games. Cameroon is next in that group with 2 points from draws against Algeria and Zambia, respectively. A win against Cameroon tomorrow (Friday, September 1st 2017) would secure 9 maximum points for Nigeria in the first leg of qualifiers and take the country close to Russia, before the second round of matches begin next week. Cameroon would host Nigeria in Yaounde next Monday, in a second leg game of the qualifiers.
Although Nigeria’s last game at the magnificent Godswill Akpabio Stadium Uyo ended in a loss against South Africa, Nigerians expect the Super Eagles to win the game against Cameroun at the same venue as compensation for that loss and as Sallah gift to them. It is also expected that as usual, all Nigerians would temporarily forget about their ethnic divides today and rally as one people, behind the Super Eagles. The match would kick off at 5.00 pm.