George Akpayen ,
Wed 23 Jan '13
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Nigeria captain, Joseph Yobo, has opened up that his team slipped up against Burkina Faso in Monday's Afcon match in Nelspruit.
Yobo and his teammates had their hearts broken at the death of their opening game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations when Alain Traore cancelled out Emmanuel Emenike's first half goal.
But the 32-year-old centre-back is of the view that the slip has not ended his team's ambition of progressing from their group.
“One slip on the way does not end the journey, as we are determined to make Nigerians happy with this tournament,” said the Nigerian skipper.
The Fenerbahce man also praised the Nigerian squad for their spirited effort in their Afcon opening game in spite of the draw and made it clear that they are motivated by the letter from their country's president, Goodluck Jonathan to do well in the tournament.
“I will like to on behalf of my teammates assure Mr President, that we will not let him down. All we need is for him to continue to say his fatherly prayers for us all and we shall surely deliver," he said.
Jonathan's letter to the Super Eagles was delivered to the team on Monday evening by the Nigerian sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi in company of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) leadership.
“The Africa Cup of Nations has always been an exciting and important sports event for us in Nigeria and other African countries. However, this edition of 2013 even holds a greater significance for us as a nation. Next year 2014, our dear country will be one hundred years old.
"As we look back and celebrate our achievements as a strong, united nation, we cannot understate the role that sports, especially football played in our national life. Football remains one enduring unifying factor in our country which transcends our diversity. A successful outing at the Africa Cup of Nations will offer a great opportunity to further inspire pride, faith and hope in a re-energised new Nigeria in the course of our centennial celebrations,” part of the president's letter read.
Nigeria's Super Eagles will square up against their Zambian counterparts, the Chipolopolo, in their second game of Group C in the Afcon this Friday.