Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria/South Africa: Don't Overburden Emenike, Esin Charges Eagles' Strikers

Lagos — Ahead of today's make or mar match against Ethiopia, former international, Etim Esin, has called on Super Eagles strikers to rise up to their responsibilities and stop allowing Emmanuel Emenike to shoulder the responsibility alone.

Esin, a former attacking midfielder for the Eagles, noted that the last two matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia have shown that the Eagles' striking force has not lived up to expectations, as the strikers left only Sparktak Moscow star, Emenike, to score Nigeria's only two goals at the Nations Cup.

"This is not good enough for a team that wants to win matches and progress to win the Nations Cup. They have to live up to their responsibilities as strikers.

"The strikers have placed unnecessary burden on this young boy, Emenike, who has been our saviour in the last two matches we played. Everyone could see the aggressiveness of Emenike. I expect our strikers to score against Ethiopia on Tuesday. If our attackers are scoring and we defend well, especially in the last 10 minutes of the match, I see us beating Ethiopia," Esin said.

On his part assistant coach of the National U-17 team, Uduka Ugbade wants Stephen Keshi and his Eagles to correct the mistakes noticed in the last two matches and avoid loss of concentration especially towards the end of the match against Ethiopia.

"We should not allow loss of concentration to rob us this crucial victory because this has been our bane in the last two matches", he said.

For ex-Eagles and ACB of Lagos winger, Friday Elaho, all eyes will be on the Eagles to do Nigeria proud by coming out victorious in the match, which will make or mar the team's fate in the Nations Cup.

"I won't agree that these players are newcomers at the Nations Cup. I think what they need is seriousness. I believe we have in the team some players who are tested and have played at the Nations Cup before".

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