Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo is not concerned by the relative lack of experience in the Super Eagles side and is raring to go for Nigeria’s opening Afcon match against Burkina Faso.
Nigeria kick-off their 2013 Africa Nations Cup campaign with a west African derby against Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium on Monday night, 8pm kick off local time.
The likes of Obafemi Martins and Peter Odemwingie have been omitted from the Nigeria squad, leaving John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses as just a couple of big names in the squad.
But former Everton defender Yobo, who is closing in on 100 caps, has confidence in the current crop of players.
“I do believe in this squad. We do have a lot of young players, but also a lot of experience, so there is a good blend,” he says.
“Most of them are not inexperienced players, they have played qualifying games, and they are ready for it.
“Previous squads I have been in, we have had more experience, but this squad has an abundance of talent. We did not qualify for the last Nations Cup, but this squad has been able to do it.
“I am confident but if we do not win it, then its’ not the end of the world. I just want to make sure we give a good account of ourselves.”