–Nigeria forward warn mates
Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has told AfricanFootball.com Congo could be very dangerous on Saturday because they do not have anything to lose against the African champions.
Nigeria welcome to Calabar the Red Devils from Brazzaville in their opening qualifying match for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
In the last meeting between the two teams, the Congolese held Nigeria to a goalless draw at the 2000 AFCON, which was hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.
And Fenerbahce star Emenike has now warned that desperation and arrogance cannot bring results especially when playing against a team like Congo and other Africa teams tagged as underdogs.
“Being the defending champions could make it tough for us and the Congolese have nothing to lose,” Emenike told AfricanFootball.com
“Maximum three points is important and that’s what we are looking forward to in Saturday’s (today) game, but we should expect a tough test from Congo.”
Emenike added: “Fans will be expecting a massacre, but we will be wrong if we think the Congolese will be an easy team to ride over.
“I believe we will win, but we must show humility and respect for our opponents. I understand from experience that desperation does not work for us.”
Emenike, for one, will hope to end his goals drought at the World Cup in Brazil, where he failed to score in four matches.
“Everybody in camp is ready, it’s a collective battle and it will be a victorious one for us by God’s grace,” he assured.