Nigeria: Eagles' Okpotu Urges Team Mates to Stay Focused

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30 January 2018

Home-based Super Eagles striker, Anthony Okpotu, has urged his team mates currently vying for honours in the 2018 Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, in Morocco to stay focused on the task at hand.

On Sunday, the Eagles returned from the brink of defeat to win their quarter-final clash 2-1 against Angola.

After missing a glorious scoring opportunity in the first 20 seconds of the highly explosive encounter, Okpotu scored Nigeria's equaliser in the 92nd minute to take the match to extra-time.

Akwa United Gabriel Okechuwkwu then scored the match winner in the second half of added time to hand the Super Eagles their second CHAN semi-final ticket.

In a telephone chat with Daily Trust yesterday, Okpotu said he felt relieved when he scored the vital goal to save the team from elimination.

He said even as he was not happy that he did not take the chance that fell to him, he remained optimistic because he knew he would make amends.

Okpotu also said even the best strikers in the world miss goals so he did not see anything so different about his mistake.

"It was a difficult moment for me as a striker because I should have scored that goal.

"I know what was running through the minds of Nigerians when the semi-final ticket was slipping away from us. But I was focused. I knew we were going to make it.

"I am happy that I scored to make amends. I thank my team mates for believing that we could still do it," said the Lobi Stars danger man.

Okpotu told his colleagues that they may be criticised but it shouldn't dampen their spirits.

"We have two more matches to play so I am urging my team mates to stay calm and focused. We have to concentrate so as to win our next match and if possible, the trophy," he advised.

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