Nigeria’s U-23 players upbeat for Morocco clash

Players of the Nigeria U-23 National team have called on Nigerians to pray for the team’s success as the inaugural edition of the Africa CAF U-23 championship gets underway this weekend.

Team captain, Obiora Nwankwo, said the team will be banking on the prayers of Nigerians for victory when they file out against Morocco in the opening match of the tournament.

“Victory of course, God willing. We will be really banking on the prayers of all Nigerians back at home and in Diaspora, so we can come out victorious on Saturday. On our part, we are going to do our best and come out victorious,” he said.

Re-echoing the voice of his captain, Victoria Setubal of Portugal defender, Terna Suswam maintained that the team must stay focused as a unit and play to the referees’ whistle.

“I just say we are playing home away. We just have to keep our heads up, play to the referee’s whistle, and take our minds away from the crowd. We just have to work for the victory.”

On his part, Kano Pillars goal keeper, Afelokhai Theophilus, stressed that the team spirit in camp when transferred into the pitch would yield results.

“I have watched the tapes of the Moroccan side and I don’t see anything fantastic about the team. If we can play out our hearts on Saturday, by the grace of God we will come out victorious on Saturday.”
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