Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has told AfricanFootball.com a win in their opening group game against Iran on Monday will go a long way to shape the country’s World Cup campaign.
In an exclusive interview with AfricanFootball.com in Brazil, the Fenerbache of Turkey striker noted that winning against Iran would be the springboard for the Eagles going into their other group games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina.
“The Iran game is very important because it would determine if we are going to stay in the tournament or not,” said Emenike, who was sharp and bullish in the Eagles last training in Campinas.
“I think the game against Iran is going to be a crucial and interesting game.
“We just have to go out there and do what we know how to do best.
“We are highly motivated for the game. The players are battle ready and we are looking forward to the game.”
Celtic defender Efe Ambrose also re-echoed the importance of a victory against Iran on Monday night.
“Our first game is very important. It’s a game we need to win to have the right morale booster going into our other games,” Ambrose stated.
The defender also told AfricanFootball.com in the Eagles Victoria hotel camp,”The team spirit in camp is very high. You can see it in the eyes of the players that we are battle ready because we know many Nigerians are depending on us. And I want to promise that we will not let them down.”
Kick-off time is 8pm Nigerian time on Monday.