keshi with oboabona~6 Godfrey Oboabona and Emmanuel Emenike said they hope Nigeria will get off to winning start in Monday?s Group C opening match in Nelspruit.

The Eagles are favourites to win against a team who have not beaten them in six full international meetings and who have gone 17 matches without a victory at this tournament since 1998.

Powerful striker Emmanuel Emenike told that the Eagles will fly past the Stallions in Monday night clash, which kicks off 7pm Nigerian time.

The Spartak Moscow forward, who is appearing in the AFCON for the first time, said victory will set the tone for a superb Nigeria outing.

“We are looking forward to victorious start,” Emenike told

“Beating Burkina Faso will boost our morale for the subsequent games. We are very much ready to fly Nigeria flag high, but we won’t underrate them because they are also a good side. It will be a big test for us but they know it will be difficult for them as well.”

Emenike is expected to lead the Eagles strike force and he added: “When a team like Burkina Faso have opportunity to play Nigeria, it would be as if they want to play Brazil or Spain, and that is why we must not underrate them for a second.

“Hopefully we can get the three points with the quality players we’ve got here.”

Sunshine Stars skipper Oboabona is most likely to be the only starter from the Nigeria Premier League and he told he will represent the domestic league players well.

“One of the biggest dream of every player is to play for his national team, mine is not different. I and other NPL player who are here will do our best to be Nigeria league good ambassadors,” Oboabona declared.

“I’m very much proud of this great opportunity given to me to serve Nigeria.

“I know the importance of playing for Nigeria and all I can say is that I am looking up to bigger things in the team, especially now.”
He continued: “I want to be remembered like Stephen Keshi and the others. We have a bright future in this team but with time we will be greater as a team.

“Zambians don’t respect us, they see us an ordinary team according to their coach, but we will change his mind on that day we clash.

?Right now I am thinking about Burkina Faso game. I am looking forward to debut at AFCON. I am so confident that we can beat everybody in our group, but we won’t underrate anybody.

?This is a team of talented and will hope to get the three points against Burkina Faso to boost our confidence.?


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