*Musa: We aim victory
*Iwobi : Anticipate a now no longer easy match
*Aribo: We’ll win it complex for them to play
*Aina: We’re searching to head to AFCON
By Jacob Ajom
On the present time in Porto Novo, the Exquisite Eagles can possess their hands full as soon as they confront the Squirrels of Benin in a 2022 Africa Cup of Countries qualifier. It is a match the two facets had been taking a peep forward to with the hope of ceiling their qualification for the African showpiece billed for Cameroon.
The Exquisite Eagles currently top the community with 8 ingredients, whereas Benin closely follows with 7 ingredients from the same sequence of matches. In on the present time’s encounter, plan or to find would develop the Exquisite Eagles a stamp to the match nonetheless if they succumb to the Squirrels, then they’d must fight to the closing qualification match against Lesotho in Lagos three days later.
Nigeria and Benin possess benefited from the relief of Covid-19 protocols for gamers who honoured their nationwide call.
Which capacity that coach Gernot Rohr and his Beninois counterpart possess their total squads with the total complement of their Europe essentially based stars. Certainly, there can possess to be no excuse for any sad performance by each gaffers in on the present time’s encounter.
The Exquisite Eagles had been speaking now no longer easy and Sports Main edge used to be at their Eko Hotel camp where we spoke with just some of the gamers sooner than they travelled to Benin.
Ahmed Musa: We’re going for a to find
Captain of the Exquisite Eagles, Ahmed Musa used to be one man many didn’t ask to search out in the squad. He has been clubless since leisurely closing year when he parted methods with Saudi club Al Nassr. His invitation sparked a quantity of criticism from analysts who felt he had no speak in the crew.
Nonetheless coach Rohr stood his floor and said Musa used to be a non-taking half in captain. He’s offering considerable-wished leadership and Rohr is happy with what Musa has been doing in camp. He also spoke with Sports Main edge.
A to find or a plan is ample to peep the Exquisite Eagles in AFCON, what are you going for?
We know the importance of the sport, we all know that if we plan we are going to qualify, nonetheless we are going for a to find.
We know too what the followers need is a to find and we are going for a to find.
That you’ll want to perchance well effectively be coming to play in Lagos again after a prolonged whereas. What’s going to you explain the others who possess now no longer played in Lagos sooner than?
I will explain the gamers how loopy Lagos followers also can furthermore be. I do know most of them know about it on narrative of they had been searching at a quantity of extinct tapes of the Exquisite Eagles in Lagos. They know plenty in regards to the psychology of Lagos followers.
Iwobi: Anticipate a now no longer easy match
“We ask that we are going to work laborious, play laborious to qualify. That is our aim.
Wide awake that the Eagles are purchasing for just right one pronounce develop a stamp to the AFCON, Iwobi said aiming at just right a level will seemingly be unhealthy.
The aim is to to find each game. One other is we are searching to qualify, so no topic we enact to qualify, that’s what we will enact.”
When told that the Squirrels of Benin were boasting that the Exquisite Eagles couldn’t stand in their manner to Cameroon 2022, the Everton primary individual said, “unnecessary to bid I don’t blame them.
All people that performs a game desires to to find, or now no longer it’s their just right to qualify. So they desire it as inferior as we are searching to qualify. It be now no longer going to be an straightforward game.”
Previous qualification, what’s your aim for the match right?
“We would desire to cease humble and grounded and we are searching to capture it, game by game. After we qualify, then we capture it up from there.”
Iwobi used to be reminded of the resilience of the Beninois who proved a handful in the first leg in Nigeria after they scored first. Even when they ended up 2-1 losers. Now that the Eagles are going to their own turf, what’s going to happen?
“Pointless to bid, they are going to be taking half in at dwelling,” he said, adding, “they are going to possess the dwelling advantage nonetheless adore I said, it is now no longer going to be an straightforward game. We’re going there to to find, or now no longer it is going to be aggressive, or now no longer it is going to be a battle of wits nonetheless we are determined to enact effectively.”
He also spared some seconds to debate his club invent.
Everton had been prominent this season. Alternatively, of leisurely, it has been a case of fluctuating fortunes. What is accountable for the breeze?
“It be now no longer just right us,” he said. “The season has been very unpredictable. Our aim is to play in Europe and that’s what we are practising.
“There are a total lot of stable groups, one desires to be consistent and we are aiming to enact just right that. After the area ruin, all we desire is to push on and stable extra ingredients, ample to peep us play in Europe.”
Joe Aribo: We’ll win it unattainable for them to play
Joe Aribo is a number of the gamers coach Gernot Rohr will draft to the midfield as a bridge between the assault and the defence. He’ll also be expected to shuffle the foraging strikes of the Squirrels in the center.
What can possess to Nigerians ask from the Exquisite Eagles going to the Countries Cup in Cameroon?
He sounded businesslike. To him, the quiz used to be too presumptuous. “We’re just right going to work laborious and qualify, after that we can idea for Cameroon.”
Benin Republic is between you and qualification for AFCON 2022. How would the Eagles handle them on Saturday?
“We desire to start out quick and win it complex for them by striking in 100% crew effort. We just right deserve to play as a crew.
They were sizzling in the first leg as the Eagles got here from in the help of to beat them 2-1.
“Yeah. In that game, we started barely slack nonetheless now we possess got to start out barely faster, capture the sport to them and win it more sturdy for them. We can not give you the money for to allow them to ranking first, we must win it more sturdy for them this time,” he said.
After Benin approach Lesotho. Are we waiting for a particular manner from the Exquisite Eagles?
“After we played them also, we were slack from our facet. We know that they are able to return out and assault. We just right deserve to position in all the pieces as a crew.”
Did you sight the Eagles play for folks that were young?
First I used to be keen on the Exquisite Eagles. I used to be constantly searching at and supporting them
Who used to be your characteristic model in the Exquisite Eagles as you were rising up?
Are you filling the hole he left in the help of?
No, no, no. His footwear are too wide for me.
Create you mind taking his shirt?
Yeah. We all know what it technique to wear the No 10 shirt for the Exquisite Eagles. Upon that we all know the contrivance wide Okocha’s footwear are to contain.
Ola Aina: We’re searching to head to AFCON
Ola Aina has been having the supreme season of his life at Fulham, where he’s on loan from Serie An aspect, Torino.
In England, he finds himself in the midst of 4 other Nigerians or gamers of Nigerian extraction namely Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja, Adarabioro and Josh Onoma?
He admits, “I’m having a extremely just right feeling certainly as we fragment the same culture, we understand one one more. It be very pure and luscious.”
Has he made any effort at luring the likes of Adarabioyo, Ademola Lookman and Josh Onomah to play for Nigeria?
Mentioned he, “I’m now no longer the one to force folks to return play for Nigeria on narrative of in my predicament I used to be by no contrivance forced to interact on where to play.
“I possess spoken to them and told them that this crew is a rising crew, we possess got just right gamers and the supreme aspect is that all people here has a just right soul. I told them if they interact now, we are ready to welcome them. So or now no longer it’s as a lot as them.
From their physique language, could perchance maybe well he guess whether or not they could perchance maybe dump England for Nigeria?
He quipped, “I do no longer know. I’m now no longer sure.”
On the match between Benin and Nigeria, Aina explained what to await from the Eagles:
“I ask a just right performance. We all ask high performance from one one more. So we are going to this game with full focal point and backbone to to find the sport.
Your opponents scored first even supposing they in some way lost to the Exquisite Eagles. Would you allow that happen again in Benin?
Pointless to bid now no longer. We wouldn’t. We wouldn’t are searching to provide our opponents any invent of advantage. Nonetheless issues happen in soccer. Can possess to they ranking first, we will help quiet, as we most continuously enact and we will scheme.
Create you mediate Eagles defence can end the Squirrels?
You just right must possess the need, the braveness and the eagerness to enact effectively for the nation and that’s what we possess got in abundance in the course of the crew, so I mediate we can possess to be okay.
After Benin, that you just would be in a position to maybe well effectively be going to fulfill Lesotho in Lagos. What enact you ask?
Be pleased I said, many issues happen in soccer and all I are searching to bid is that we are working to win the six ingredients. We desire the supreme for the crew and for one one more so that is the aim and that’s what we would are attempting to enact.
Previous the qualifiers, what will seemingly be the aim if we in some way win to Cameroon?
We’re going there with the mind to to find. I, for one would desire to to find the AFCON. That is the aim and I’m sure all people would bid the same aspect.
Onuachu: We possess a just right squad
With 27 dreams thus far this season for his Belgium club, Genk, Paul Onuachu is the deadliest Nigerian marksman in Europe.
Alternatively, despite his prolific scoring capacity, it took the withdrawal of some invited gamers for Gernot Rohr to invite him to the considerable squad.
Now in the squad to capture on Benin on the present time, Onuachu also spoke with Sports Main edge on what can possess to be expected of him if fielded.
“We possess a just right squad, we possess got just right strikers and when I possess the probability to play, I will win sure I put in barely right effort for the coolest of the crew. That is now no longer a comic sage, we got here here to play to qualify for the Countries Cup, so this is a mandatory game for the Eagles.
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Of us bid that you just would be in a position to maybe well effectively be so sizzling in Europe. Why don’t you replicate your club invent for the nationwide crew? What’s the predicament?
“There’s no longer this kind of thing as a predicament, I just right feel that I just right must each so continuously possess extra win right of entry to in entrance of the aim for me to replicate my club invent on the nationwide crew.
“I’m now no longer struggling here, I’m feeling just right anytime I possess the probability to play in the nationwide crew. Perchance I favor to be lucky to possess extra potentialities to ranking.”
Onyekwuru: We’ll train
Henry Onyekwuru performs his club soccer at Galatasaray in Turkey. On loan from Monaco in France.
His switch to Turkey has been very winning to the young man whose free-scoring spell thus far, has viewed him being recalled to the nationwide crew by coach Gernot Rohr.
Nigeria vs Benin who appeared very complex in the first leg; what can possess to we ask from the Eagles this time?
A legitimate performance and most considerably, a to find. With the quality of gamers we possess got and the overall coaching, I’m sure we will train and qualify for the Countries Cup.
What is your message to Exquisite Eagles followers?
We desire their toughen and prayers. Our promise to them is to qualify for the Countries Cup, lets now no longer disappoint them.
Okoye: There’re no straightforward games in soccer
What are your thoughts on the Republic of Benin?
It could perchance maybe well now no longer be an straightforward game on narrative of there are now no longer any straightforward games in soccer. Even whenever that you just would be in a position to maybe well effectively be 4-0 up, loopy issues happen in soccer.
We know a plan can qualify us for the Countries Cup, nonetheless our aim is the six ingredients. We’re going for wins over the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.
Your house in the crew is terribly aggressive. Who enact you bid is the no 1?
It depends on the coach. I trudge to work laborious for the characteristic, on the end, it’s the coach that does the choice.
What is your feeling taking half in for Nigeria?
I’m very pleased and it is a dream approach just right to play for this country. I’m taking a peep forward to each match.
What is your aim?
To win the six ingredients here and possess a just right start for the World Cup qualifiers. At club level, I are searching to work and pray we remain in the cease division in Holland.
In the period in-between, beneath is the video of how the Exquisite Eagles landed in Benin Republic by cruise for the match. Experience:
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