The Media Officer of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Babafemi Raji has said that the Eagles will be taking the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome and Principe as seriously as possible and not as a dead rubber game.
Jose Peseiro’s eagles will take on Sao Tome in the final qualifying game, having secured qualification for next year’s AFCON finals already, but will seek to assert dominance over their opponents and top the group.
He made this statement during a chat with Oodua FM on the programme, ‘Sports Update’ today, Thursday.
Mr Raji stated that the team do not see the game as a dead rubber, and even though they have achieved qualification, they will look to play well enough to win the game. He also stated that all 23 players were in the camp in Ikot-Ekpenne, Akwa Ibom State, and are preparing intensely for the match.
Recall that the Super Eagles recorded a 10-0 drubbing of Sao Tome in the first leg on their way to securing the ticket for the AFCON finals in Ivory Coast next January.
The return leg will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Sunday.