This Day (Lagos)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: Yobo, Enyeama Seek Steady Support

Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo and his assistant Vincent Enyeama, have spoken of the need for Nigerian football supporters not to fret anytime the team falls short of their expectations, urging them to keep supporting the team in its quest for glory at AFCON 2013.

Yobo also condemned reports that he was nursing an injury and may not be fit for AFCON assuring that he was 100 per cent fit and ready for the championship. His above average performance in the game against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde also underlines his fitness status.

"I must say Nigerians have been very supportive of the team but we need more, especially when things go wrong because it cannot be rosy all the time. The media especially must always stand behind us so that our families will not be discouraged when they read negatives about the team," Yobo said in Faro on Wednesday night.

"I also heard that they say I'm not fit but I have been very active all season for my club and the proof is there on the net for anyone to see. God has blessed me and no man can put me down not at this time of my career. Nigerians must unite behind the team for the goals to be delivered," he said.

Enyeama, who spoke in similar vein, said most of the players that have been so labelled great and won laurels achieved it because their compatriots and their media stood solidly behind them.

"It's very demoralizing when a player makes a single mistake, the people stand up and start condemning such a player calling for his head. They forget the past when the same player saved the nation from defeat or was outstanding. We must always defend our own thing all the time, because that is the only way the Super Eagles can bring greatness to Nigeria," he said.

Meanwhile, Cape Verde Head Coach, Lucio Antunes, has said the Super Eagles put up a gallant performance against his side and he expects the team will go far at AFCON 2013.

Antunnes, who spoke through an interpreter, declared that his boys met a very experienced side in Nigeria and he was happy that the team played out a draw. He also promised that his team; the Blue Sharks will cause many upsets at AFCON with the quality of players at its disposal.

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