Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder John Ogu has said the Super Eagles are eager to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after missing the 2015 and 2017 editions of the biennial tournament.
Nigeria need a win against Seychelles in their Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations in Victoria on Saturday as they seek to get their qualification for the competition back on track after their 2-0 loss to South Africa in Uyo last year.
Ogu, who spoke with BusyBuddies in Victoria, said the team would work together to ensure they get the needed three points.
The midfielder said, “We want Nigeria to return to AFCON after a being absent for two editions. The game is one of the keys that will help us to achieve that. So we are not joking with it at all. I don’t know much about our opponents but I know that we must win the game after the loss to South Africa last year.
“The game is a very important one for us and we are not underrating Seychelles because there are no small teams in football again. We lost the first match in the qualifiers to South Africa at home so it will do us a whole lot of good to win this game.
“We are looking forward to the game and we are not looking down on them because they may seem small. We are approaching the game with all seriousness so that we can get the needed result.”
Ogu said the Eagles would miss Mikel Obi in the match at Stade Linite.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he decided to leave the China-based midfielder out of the match because he has not regained full fitness since he returned from injury.
“It is always a huge blow for any team when their captain is not there. But we have players who can try to step into his role and win this game for us,” Ogu said.