Monday, June 14, 2010

Eagles declare Greece must-win

Nigeria clashed with the Greeks at the 1994 World Cup with the Eagles running away with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi.

"It's a must win for us against Greece," Osaze Odemwingie said after the 1-0 loss to Argentina.

"I'm very positive. If we could just concede a goal against the big Argentina attack, it should be easier for us against the other teams. We just have to keep our concentration and score goals. We're now a bigger threat than we were at the Nations Cup in Angola."

Odemwingie, who admitted he was shocked to be dropped to the bench for the Argentina match, disclosed he will be a lot more selfish in front of goal after he failed to make hay during a quick counter attack late in the game.

"I was thinking of passing the ball when I should have shot at goal. The way Obafemi Martins was shouting on me to pass to him the ball, I thought he was in a better position. I lost concentration and the chance," he said. "Next time, I will just go for goal."

"We will get better by the next game and show the real Nigerian team. We only need to do a little more against Greece to win and we will be back in contention," added Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo, who also came face-to-face with Argentina at the 2002 World Cup.

Man of the match against Argentina, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, said Nigeria will be aiming for maximum points against Greece and Korea so as to make it past the first round of the tournament.

"I see no problems in us beating Korea and Greece and I think we will qualify quite easily," predicted Enyeama, who said he would have readily traded his heroics against the South Americans for the three points at stake at the weekend.

"Now the most important thing is to look towards the next game on Thursday against Greece and go on to win it," added Nigeria coach, Lars Lagerback.

Meanwhile, Taye Taiwo has said that he only suffered a cramp, which forced him to quit the Argentina match in the closing stages, but will be available for the game against Greece.

Taiwo appeared to have hurt his ankle when he fired a shot at Sergio Romero's goal, which missed target narrowly, but at the same time he also kicked the ground.

Daily Champion

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