Captain Ahmed Musa has ensured that the Super Eagles are mature, professional and ambitious enough to take on any pressure when they take on the Cape Verde Blue Sharks in the last Group C match of the African Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier series.
“There will always be all kinds of pressure when you are out there on the football field, as a professional sportsman or a woman. You just have to have strong fiber to cope with the pressure on all sides, focus on getting the result and getting the job done. Pressure is never an excuse for not doing your best; sometimes, it helps you get beyond your best level, ”Musa told thenff.com just before the Super Eagles had their final training session at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Monday night.
In a pre-match press conference earlier in the day, Nigeria’s international attendance record holder also said that the big motivation for giving it all in Tuesday’s match is that a number of the team’s players have yet to be present at the finals of the FIFA World Cup.
“The FIFA World Cup is the most important stage for any professional footballer. They all want to be there; you don’t need any other reasons. On Saturday, after the Liberia game in Tangier, we said we would not draw against Cape Verde. Nothing has changed. “
Musa also assured that the Eagles will not underestimate the Sharks but will do everything from the first whistle of the Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal.
Head coach Gernot Rohr, who will be responsible for his 54th game for Nigeria’s senior men’s team on Tuesday, expressed confidence that the three-time African champions will pick up all three points against the Sharks, just as they did when both teams did. teams met at the Estadio Municipal Adérito Sena on the island of Mindelo on 7 September.
“We have a job on our hands and that’s winning tomorrow. It is important to win to be sure of where you will be at the end of the day. Now we are at the top of the standings and a victory keeps us there and sends us to the round of 16.
“I really don’t think we’re under pressure. We have 12 points, two more than our opponents. They are the ones with the great pressure to go out and look for a win. Our approach for tomorrow will be to win. The players can’t wait to do it. “
Striker Odion Jude Ighalo, who was unable to play any role in Saturday’s meeting in Tangier because he arrived in Morocco just two days before the game as he was taking his second dose of the covid19 vaccine in Riyadh, is likely to be involved. against the Sharks at the Teslim Balogun stadium. It would be his first run-out with the team since announcing his retirement from the international stage following AFCON in 2019, where he was the tournament’s top scorer.
The Cape Verde blue sharks, which lost 1-2 to the Eagles on their own soil two months ago, are staying at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja.