Nigeria’s Super Eagles will tomorrow play their first match against Burkina Faso at the Mboebena Stadium, in Nelspruit, in the 2013 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, which began in South Africa, yesterday.
Nigeria striker Victor Moses is hoping to help the team lift the trophy. The Chelsea hitman told correspondents:”I am confident of a good outing in South Africa.
“We have prepared well and, having missed the last tournament, wish to make Nigerians proud by the end of it.
“This is my first Africa Cup of Nations and I want to make it a memorable one.
“I want to play in every match, score when the opportunity presents itself and help players in good positions to also score.
“When all these (things) happen, they (supporters) can be sure that we are going to bring back the trophy.”
But Nigerian ex-international footballer, Jonathan Akpoborie, said recently that the quality of players representing Nigeria is “low”.
Akpoborie, who at his peak played for FC Carl Zeiss Jena and Stuttgart Kickers, both in Germany, said he does not expect the Nigerian team as built by Coach Stephen Keshi to have a good outing at the competition.
“I don’t expect anything from them, at the AFCON, just want the young players to get a very good run and get the necessary experience for the World Cup qualifiers.
“If they get into the semi’s it will be a bonus,” he said.