France-based striker Terem Moffi has expressed caution while assuring fans that the Super Eagles will give their all to secure victory in the crucial clash against Cote d’Ivoire at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria is set to face tournament hosts Cote d’Ivoire in their second group game on Thursday, January 18, 2023. The stakes are high for both teams, with Cote d’Ivoire leading Group A after a convincing 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau. In contrast, Nigeria faces a challenging position following a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea in their opening match on Sunday.
Moffi, who missed the first fixture due to his late arrival as a replacement for the injured Victor Boniface, is determined to contribute to Nigeria’s quest for victory. The Super Eagles desperately need a win to enhance their chances of advancing to the next round, while a loss could jeopardize their AFCON journey.
Expressing optimism, Moffi said, “We are looking forward to this. We know how important it is for us, for the fans as well, and for Nigerians. We are going there believing and staying positive.”
Acknowledging the significance of the upcoming match, he urged support from Nigerian fans and emphasized the team’s commitment to giving their best on the field.
While being cautious about making bold predictions, Moffi added, “Talk is cheap, to be honest. I could say we are going to win the game, but it is not always like that. However, we will try to give our 100 per cent and walk off the pitch with our heads held high.”
Nigeria, a three-time AFCON champion, faces the threat of elimination if they fail to secure a victory against Cote d’Ivoire. On the other hand, the Elephants, with two AFCON titles, will secure passage to the second round with a win. The Super Eagles hold a slight head-to-head advantage over the Ivorians at the AFCON, boasting three wins and suffering two defeats in six meetings