Premium Times (Abuja)

18 June 2013

Nigeria: Confederations Cup - Eagles Prepare for Uruguay

Photo: 2010 FIFA OC
A Super Eagles fan displays her support at the match between Argentina and Nigeria in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, and his players will not be celebrating the big win over Tahiti for too long as the attention has now shifted to their next opponents Uruguay.

The African champions will meet with the South Americans kings on Thursday fully aware that victory in any shade will see them through to the semi final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Hat-trick hero in Monday's 6-1 win, Nnamdi Oduamadi, has stated that his best is yet to come adding that the Tahiti victory will be a morale booster in their game against Uruguay.

"This victory will give us a big morale. We'll talk in the group now, do everything the coach says, and we'll see what happens in the second game," the 22-year old was quoted on FIFA's official website.

Oduamadi is the first African ever to score a hat-trick at the 'Champions tournament' having equalled a record previously monopolised by Spain striker, Fernando Torres. After saying a big thank you to his fans, Oduamadi promised more splendid displays ahead.

"Wanna say a Big tank u to you all. We gonna make Nigeria and Africa proud. My best is yet to come. Jesus is Lord. The AC Milan midfielder on-loan to Varese wrote on his twitter handle after helping Nigeria secure the 6-1 victory.

On his part, Coach Keshi said there are no distractions for his team now and all that is on their minds is to play football.

"The issue of the bonuses has been settled. Nothing is holding us back anymore and all we need to do now is play football," he said.

Nigeria's victory took them above Spain on goal difference at the top of Group B while their next opponent Uruguay will be out of the tournament if they fall to the Eagles having lost their first game to Spain.

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