By George Ohiokhara:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has insisted victory is the only option as the Super Eagles get set to face South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo on Saturday.
Ogenyi is confident that Bafana Bafana will not stop the Super Eagles this time around as the South Africans contributed to Nigeria missing out on the 2015 AFCON.
“We are not going to talk about this game being about revenge; but we don’t want to forget that South Africa partly contributed to our not going to the last AFCON held in Equatorial Guinea,” Onazi told CAFOnline.
The Eagles have missed out on the last two AFCONS in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon respectively but Onazi is confident the 2013 champions will not miss a third straight finals.
“The last two AFCONs is what I don’t want to really talk about because it was very sad seen other countries in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon and we were not there to participate. It was a very terrible moment for me and I know that is the same feeling with every member of the team," the Trabzonspor star added.
“It our resolve to win all our matches and I’m happy that both the young and old players in the team share this belief.”
As stand-in captain of the Super Eagles in the absence of the recuperating Mikel Obi, Onazi has the tast to motivate the players.
He added: “Part of my role is to boost the morale of the players and it is what I do openly and away from the public; I tell them we are in one spirit and accord because we love our country. The country is bigger than everybody and it is our responsibility to make the country proud anytime we are on the field.”
When asked about coach Genort Rhor, Onazi said: "He is a very technical coach; a coach who knows what he wants and who knows what to do at every point in time; and he knows people who can do those things for him. That is the reason things have been going well for him and I pray that God will give us the grace so that things will continue to go very well with our team."
The Super Eagles will be meeting Bafana Bafana for the 13th time on Saturday with Nigeria winning seven and South Africa winning only one game.