03 February 2008, Nigeria’s Joseph Yobo
Ghana (White) 2 Nigeria (Green) 1, MTN African Cup of Nations, Quarterfinal, Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra, Ghana ©Gavin Barker/Backpagepix
Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo said on Wednesday that the Eagles must step up their game at the African Cup of Nations in order to rescue their tournament and avoid a demoralizing effect ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa.
“This team feels bad about what has happened and we know it is time to step up our game radically to avoid early elimination from this championship. No one is happy about the result, and we are looking forward to giving our all in the next games”, Yobo said on Wednesday morning as the playing squad and technical crew held a critical meeting with Federation chiefs at the Nigeria teamīs Hotel Praia Morena in Benguela.
Tuesday eveningīs 1-3 embarrassment by Cup holders Egypt is considered a humiliation of unacceptable proportion and the players know how bad the Nigeria Football Federation top brass feels about it.
Yobo added: “We have a match against Benin Republic on Saturday and then we go to Lubango on Wednesday to play Mozambique. Now, we have our back to the wall and we know we must perform. we will lift our game and do Nigeria proud”, he said as other members of the playing squad nodded in agreement.
Egypt top the Group C of the 27th African Nations Cup with maximum three points from one match, while Benin Republic and Mozambique share second with one point apiece. Nigeria is pointless and prop up the table.