Ahead of Super Eagles must win World Cup qualifying match with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, at the Uyo Stadium on Friday, the team’s captian, Mikel Obi, has talked tough over the encounter.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with SCORENigeria, Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, who is making a return to the squad, stated that victory against Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, would go a long way in the team’s qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia.
The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital will on Friday, host a football match between the Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions, and the Eagles will also travel to Yaounde for the reverse fixture on Monday.
Mikel, who admitted that they had a tough game against the African champions, expressed optimism that they would soar above the Lions on match day. “These three points will go a long way in our qualifying campaign. We have got a very good team. We have got a very young team with a lot of quality.
“We are on top of the table on six points and we want to win. Cameroon also want to win, so it’s really going to be a do-or-die affair. We are looking forward to the game and we want to make sure we qualify and hopefully we will do that. We need to make sure we qualify first. There is a big task ahead of us”
Meanwhile, Chelsea star Victor Moses alongside Leon Balogun, Moses Simon, Uche Agbo and Hapoel Be’er Sheva duo John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme arrived the camp of the Super Eagles in Uyo on Tuesday, ahead of the crucial tie.
The six players joined Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, Daniel Akpeyi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Mikel Agu, Odion Ighalo, Wilfred Ndidi, Dele Alampasu, Elderson Echiejile and Tyronne Ebuehi, who arrived Uyo on Monday.
Only Cyprus-based Abdullahi Shehu and CSKA Moscow striker, Aaron Samuel, a late replacement for injured Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, were still expected at the Ibom Meridien Hotel as at the time of writing this report.
The Eagles are leaders in Group B of the African qualifiers after amassing maximum six points from their first two games while second-place Lions have two points.