Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria/Burkina Faso: Victory Over Burkina Faso Will Propel Eagles - - Babangida

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Ikechukwu Uche of Nigeria reacts after missing a chance during the match against Burkina Faso.

Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida has charged the Eagles to ensure they record a resounding victory over Burkina Faso in their opening match at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Super Eagles who are favoured to win Group C comprising of Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia confront Burkina Faso tomorrow at the Mbombela stadium Nelspruit.

Nigeria last won the Nations Cup in Tunisia in 1994 when the present coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi was the captain.

Speaking to Feverpitch yesterday, the former Ajax of Holland star said if they can win the opening match, the Eagles confidence would receive a big boost for the remaining group matches.

He said the Eagles should be ready to take all chances that would come their way as he urged them not to make the mistake of undermining the strength of their opponents.

Babangida noted that every team that has qualified for the finals is not a push over and should be given maximum respect.

"I want to encourage the Super Eagles to ensure they get victory in their opening match against Burkina Faso. Victory will give them the confidence to confront the other group opponents. It is always important to win the first game in a championship.

"I know it is not going to be easy but if they are to top their group, they must the opening match. There is not negotiable.

"Although the Eagles are favoured to win the group, it is not going to be a stroll in the park. Don't forget that Zambia who are the defending champions are in the same group.

Babangida said Keshi should encourage his players to play for one another as he noted that only team work can give the Eagles the desired results.

"I like the effort by Keshi to build team spirit. The players must play for one another. Even if the goals do not come early, they must keep on playing with utmost determination", he advised.

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