Exclusive By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles winger Michael Babatunde has exclusively told Completesportsnigeria.com that he was delighted to be back in action after playing 45 minutes in Sunday’s practice game against Hoverla.
The Nigeria international who broke his wrist as the Eagles slumped to a 3-2 loss to Argentina in their final group game at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil admitted it wasn’t easy playing again after two months.
“Firstly, I’m happy to be back playing but it wasn’t easy playing for 45 minutes, but I give God the glory getting back on the pitch again,” Babatunde tells Completesportsnigeria.com
“I’m focused on regaining my match fitness and I hope to be better than I was doing befor.”
Babatunde who played two games for Nigeria in Brazil also expects his teammates to bounce back from their opening day loss to Congo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Volyn Lutsk winger wasn’t in the Eagles team that lost, but believes the Nigeria will return strongly on Wednesday when they face South Africa.
“I strongly believe we will be stronger against South Africa on Wednesday,” Babatunde enthuses.
“I believe we will do well in South Africa, but we certainly have to play better than we did against the Congolese.
“The South Africans will have so much confidence now having won their first game convincingly, they know they stand a chance against us.”
Babatunde who was one of Nigeria’s standout performers at the World Cup in Brazil is expected to return to the Eagles squad next month.