Striker Odion Ighalo has praised the team spirit and the commitment of his Nigeriateammates after they defeated Cameroon 3-0 last Sunday in an international friendly match played in Brussels, Belgium.
The Eagles were totally outclassed in Thursday’s friendly against Congo which they lost 0-2 but Ighalo has heaped plaudits on the reaction of the team in the second game with the Cameroonians which they won comfortably as he scored the third goal.
“It was a tough game but we were able to win comfortably because of the impressive way we approached the game from the start to the finish. It was a much more improved game better than the last game with the Congo DR and I must state that if that game is to be replayed now the result would be different,” Ighalo told Goal.
The Watford forward beckoned on fans to be patient with the Sunday Oliseh-led technical crew hinting that the team which is still in its formative period would take a bit of time to blend together.
“The Eagles played very well and the coaches too did their work well. We need the support of everyone in Nigeria to succeed because we can’t get anywhere in an environment that is not conducive,” he said.
“We have our image and that of our country to protect and we must do all within our powers to do that.”
The former Udinese striker noted that the Eagles are headed for the right direction under coach Oliseh and with the support of Nigerians, the senior national team will soon be a force to be reckoned with in Africa and in the world at large.
The striker is expected to lead the Eagles’ charge for a place in the third round of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the winner between Swaziland and Djibouti with Swaziland holding a 6-0 cushion secured from the first leg decided in Djibouti. The second leg billed for Tuesday in Mbabane was postponed.


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