By Richard Jideaka:
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said that the World Cup qualifier against Algeria on Saturday is not going to be a walk through the park even as he warned that he and his colleagues have to be careful to avoid unfavorable result in Uyo
"We are in high spirits and the boys are looking forward to the game on Saturday," Mikel told Completesportsnigeria.com. "We just have to do things right, the way we have been doing. We are now playing like a team, defensively, we look good, going forward, we are good, we create chances and we score goals. We have to keep doing exactly what we have been doing.
"On Saturday, we have to work hard, be focused and be disciplined because the Algerian team are a very good side. We must raise our game to make sure we get the three points at stake. As captain, I have to encourage them and lead them by example."
Mikel also expressed optimism that the Eagles would be ready for the counter-attack or any tactics the Algerians come up with.
"These Eagles are a very young side with only a few experienced players. Like I said this team is very young and energetic. We are good, we can attack and we can recover, so counter-attack is not going to be a problem for us.
"We have to play to our own strengths and they will play to their own strengths also. I think it is going to be a very tactical game on Saturday, so we have to be careful. We want to win but a draw will not be a bad result."