Nigeria prepares for poor Ghanaian treatment

The Nigeria Football Federation has assured that it would do all within its powers to see that Nigeria’s U23 team is adequately motivated for the all important All Africa games qualifier against the Black Meteors of Ghana, this weekend in Kumasi.

They are also preparing the team to face all forms of intimidation that could come from the Ghanaians.

Deputy General Secretary (Technical) Emmanuel Ikpeme gave the assurance while addressing Officials and Players of the team.

“The Federation is proud of this team. We are happy with the progress you have made thus far in the qualifying series of the All Africa and Olympic games. And the Truth of the matter is that the Federation is determined to make sure that you guys are comfortable ahead of this crucial game against Ghana this weekend,” he said.

“Please don’t let it get into your heads that you won the first leg 3-1, therefore it’s all over. Remember that this is the only chance left for the Ghanaians. They have lost out in the Olympic Games, so they would pull every antics possible to ensure they get just two unreplied goals. Therefore I want to charge you guys to shun any form of complacency, because I know this team has what it takes defeat Ghana even in their own backyard,” Ikpeme boasted.

While confirming that the Team will be heading for Kumasi on Friday, Ikpeme urged the team to visualize the worst case scenario the Ghanaians would put them through and begin to prepare themselves mentally.

“We head for Kumasi on Friday and of course you know what is obtainable in Africa football, the Frustration that comes with playing away matches; you were in Liberia, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea and you saw their antics, now you are heading to Ghana, I want you guys to imagine the worst case scenario they would present and begin to prepare yourselves mentally towards it.”

Nigeria take a 3-1 first leg advantage to Kumasi in a winner takes all encounter for the 10th All Africa games in Maputo next September.

Ghana denied Nigeria’s male team an appearance in the 2007 All Africa games.

The Ghana Nigeria All Africa games qualifier kicks off by 4pm Nigeria Time at the Baba Yara Sports Complex, Kumasi.
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