Seychelles vs Nigeria: “We are ready to go”, says Toyin Ibitoye
Toyin Ibitoye, Media Officer of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, has stated that Nigeria is ready to go for victory in this Saturday’s Africa Nations Cup qualifying match against Seychelles. He stated this today when he spoke on telephone from Seychelles with Godwin Enakhena, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media and Presenter of Global Sports Update, a program that airs in the evenings on HIT 95.9 FM radio station, Calabar.
Ibitoye disclosed that the Super Eagles started training for Saturday’s match today, after undergoing recovery exercises that mainly involved stretching and walking, yesterday. He stated that although the match against Seychelles would be played in an artificial pitch, the Super Eagles would get used to that reality.
He said: “Whether it is artificial or grass or ivory, we have to get into that pitch and get a result on Saturday. Remember in our group we are playing catch up because we lost at home in the first game to South Africa. We have a minus two goals difference that we have to cancel and we have points to accumulate if we have to qualify for the Nations Cup next year. So it is a game we have to play to win.”
The Super Eagles’ Media Officer expressed regrets that William Troost Ekong, Ola Aina and Alex Iwobi are injured and would not be available for Saturday’s game.
Nevertheless, he added that Nigeria’s team has adequate cover because twenty players out of twenty three are still available for the game. He explained that “only eighteen are gonna be dressed for the game. So we have good enough number to play. Only eleven can start, so we are good…. We are ready to go.”
Speaking on the footballing pedigree of the Super Eagles of Nigeria against the relatively unsung Pirates of Seychelles, Ibitoye said that relatively smaller African nations always get extra motivated, each time they play against Nigeria. Consequently, he said: “We have to take everybody seriously…. That is why we cannot afford to take things for granted. We can only assure our fans that we know what is at stake on Saturday. We would give our one hundred percent and I believe that that one hundred percent would give us a good result.”
Nigeria currently occupies the 3rd position in Group E of the qualifiers, while Seychelles is at the bottom of that group. Libya occupies the group’s top position with three points and a goals difference of plus 4, after securing a 5-1 win over Seychelles in the opening match of that group. South Africa is second in that group also with three points but with a goals difference of plus two, after beating Nigeria by two goals to nil in the other opening match of that group played in June last year. That match was played in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The winner and runner up of this group would join winners and runners up of the remaining eleven groups to qualify for the final tournament scheduled for Cameroon, next year. That tournament would be the 32nd edition of the Africa Nations Cup competition.
Nigeria’s match against Seychelles on Saturday is scheduled to kick off at 1.30 pm at Roche Caiman, in the outskirts of Victoria, Seychelles.
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