24 January 2013

Nigeria/Zambia: Afcon - Show Your Character Against Zambia, Yobo Tells Eagles

Still Seething Over Their 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso in their AFCON opener on Monday, Super Eagles Skipper, Joseph Yobo has told his teammates that they need to do better when they confront the Chipolopolo of Zambia Friday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Nigeria were denied the maximum points at the very end of a thrilling Group C opener against the Burkinabes, who netted in the 94th minute.

Like the first Group C match between Zambia and Ethiopia, this game ended 1-1 and leaves everyone on an equal footing.

Burkinabe substitute Alain Traore netted the all-important equaliser, nullifying Emmanuel Emenike's 23rd minute strike for the Super Eagles, who also had a player sent off.

The result has not gone down well with the Eagles captain, who is gunning to take down the defending champions in today's mouthwatering clash.

Speaking ahead of the heavyweight battle that neither team prays to draw or lose, the former Everton centre-back, urged his teammates to move on from the draw with the Burkinabes and come out with a win against the Zambians.

"We just have to win the game to move up. We did well against Burkina Faso, but conceding in the very last second was disappointing", said Yobo, who wants the team to show character against Zambia, who he noted they were awa

"We have to show character in next game against Zambia. We know what to expect in the game because they are the defending champions and we respect them for that, they know what we can do as well and know what we will come for in the match.

"It will be a difficult game because both teams need the three points."

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