Super Eagles’ goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, is confident the team will beat South Africa when both teams clash in Uyo on June 10, as he doused all tension concerning the goalkeeping department, AOIFootball.com reports.
Ezenwa, who was in goal for the national team in the absence of first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme during the two friendly matches against Corsica and Togo, scored himself high in both games.
“We thank God for the victory against Togo because it’s a morale booster. From my assessment, I think I did well. I put in everything to make sure we came out victorious. My defenders always did everything they were supposed to do for me. It was not an easy game.
“Maybe people think it was after hearing the score line but it wasn’t. Togo are very good side,” he said.
The CHAN Eagles’ captain allayed on the upcoming AFCON qualifier against the Bafana Bafana.
“For me, there is no cause for alarm because the three of us (goalkeepers) invited are up to the task. When I was subbed for Alampasu in the 73rd minute, he did very well. In the goalkeeping department, Nigerians should not have any worry. We’re all there to work. We believe we’re going to make this country proud.
“Whoever gets to man the post, we believe we’re going to put in our best for our beloved country.”
The Beijing Olympics silver medalist however understands the importance of starting the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers with a win against South Africa.
“It’s very important, it’s our pride. We need to be at the Nations Cup. They stopped us few years ago so we have to be very careful and start on a good note. Just like we started the World Cup qualifiers on a good note and everything will flow,” said Ezenwa.
Ezenwa also heaped praises on the Franco-German technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, as well as the defenders in the team for the level of competition which he says has spurred everyone to greatness.
The Super Eagles have just returned to Nigeria after their 10-day training tour in France ahead of the all-important cracker against South Africa.