13 October 2012

Nigeria/Liberia: Lone Star Not Easy Opponents - Okpala

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Nigeria's Super Eagles celebrating a goal against Liberia.

Calabar — Super Eagles assistant coach, Slyvanus Okpala has said Nigerians should not look at today's 6-1 drubbing of the Lone Star of Liberia as an easy victory.

The coach said there are no more minnows in world football as such nobody should call the Lone Star common Liberians.

He said the Lone Stars came with a game plan and wanted to go away with a positive result but met their waterloo in the hands of more determined Eagles.

Okpala maintained that the early goals unsettled the Liberians who went on to concede six goals.

The former Green Eagles player said Eagles qualification calls for celebration but quickly added that it is just the first phase of what the team intends to achieve.

He said during the qualifiers, the team did not get the opportunity to train together for more than three days but before the tournament in South Africa, the Eagles would have a longer time to train as a team.

His words: "There is no common country again. Football has changed from what it used to be. Every country is now strong and ready to take on any opponents.

" I don't want any Nigerian to feel this victory was an easy one. Liberia is not cheap. Somebody may say common Liberia but this is a country that had produced great stars before George Weah.

" This victory calls for celebration but this is just the first phase. We would continue to work towards what we want to achieve" he assured.

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