Friday, 6 October 2017

Super Eagles gear up for Saturday clash with Chipolopolo of Zambia as Gov Emmanuel redeems pledge, promises more goodies

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia will clash on Saturday in a match of high importance at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, which should determine the swing of Africa’s Group B ticket to 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Super Eagles’ captain Mikel John Obi has declared the players have no need to say too much before the match.

Mikel told, “We know how important the match is; that is enough motivation to go all out and give our very best. There are several players in this team who have not played at the FIFA World Cup. They want to be there in Russia next year.

“The talking will be done on the pitch. I have no doubt we have the quality to achieve victory, but we will not make the mistake of under –rating the Zambians.”

Mikel said that a good run in the qualifying campaign has been down to focus, determination and massive support of all Nigerians, and believes the same indices are in place for Saturday.

“We have played four matches in the campaign so far, but this one is the match. We are fully focused and ready. All we want is the usual support and encouragement by everyone involved, including the fans who will turn out at the match venue.”

Meanwhile, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel on Wednesday redeemed his pledge of $10,000 per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the Super Eagles, while calling on the three –time African champions to go all out for a win against Zambia on Saturday and expect ‘a handsome
reward’ from him.

Governor Emmanuel had promised the players the sum of $10,000 for every goal, two days before their clash with the African champions, whom the Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on the first day of September, before earning a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde three days later.

On Wednesday, the Governor told the Super Eagles that there is more where the money came from, if the team earns a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance by winning on Saturday.

The Eagles were pictured yesterday training ahead of the match. Nigeria will qualify for the World Cup with just a win on Saturday. The match kicks off at 5pm. 

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