Super Eagles of Nigeria left back, Elderson Echiejile says Wednesday’s friendly match against Venezuela in Miami, Florida, United States of America, USA is a must win for the team.
The clash is part of the tune-up matches being arranged by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to prepare the Eagles for the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup.
The Sporting Braga of Portugal player hinged his optimism on the spirit in camp, disclosing that they are not carried away with either the FIFA World Ranking or the caliber of players that the Venezuelans would parade.
The former youth international, who is among the foreign-based players preparing for the tie spoke from the team’s camp early Wednesday, declaring that they are leaving nothing to chance to ensure that they defeat the South Americans.
According to him “We are well prepared for the game because we want to send warning signals to our opponents at the Nations Cup, if we lose, our opponents would want to look down on us”.
While responding to Echiejile’s threat, Venezuelan striker Jose Salomon Rondon says he expects the game to be a tough one, saying the Africans have a good pedigree and the country is blessed with talented players.
The Rubin Kazan attacker said ‘’The selection of Nigeria is world class, they have a good track record with players of many levels. The game against the Nigerians will be a very difficult game, because there will be much physical battles. They are very strong but we have a very good human material too.”
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Juan Arango, who is the skipper of The Burgundy, admitted that the Nigerian team are difficult opponents.
In his words ‘’We know that Nigeria is a powerhouse of African football, which has very good players. Besides being strong, the country has major players in European leagues.’’