Daily Trust (Abuja)

1 February 2013

Nigeria: Eagles Will Be Bold Against Elephants - Keshi

Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi has come out to advise Nigerians to remain steadfast behind the national team, as it will be bold and ready for the quarter final duel against the Elephants of Cote D' Ivoire on Sunday.

Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya in a statement said Keshi was reacting to news making the rounds that Nigerians were scared of the confrontation with the Ivorien Elephants. "If you must win a trophy you must beat the biggest and best teams, so why should we be afraid of any team. The bigger they come the bigger they will fall. Who told you that if it were to be the Hawks of Togo, it will be a walk-over?.

"There is no small team anywhere and the Ivoriens know. It's a classic and we will show why we are the Super Eagles on Sunday".

The Eagles coach said "the spirit in camp has been very good so far and all the 23 players in the squad are all healthy and ready to give their best. Nigerians should just be praying for their team and have belief in them instead of expressing any fear, because on Sunday it will eleven players from Ivory Coast against the same number from Nigeria".

The captain of the team, Yobo on his part said the game will be an exciting one for him and he's looking forward eagerly to it. "They are a great team and so we are and we know ourselves well, so no one is afraid of the other just a case of top football giants clashing at the wrong time. I think we shall be up to it", he said.

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