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Troost-Ekong warns Eagles’ teammates against tough Libyans, as Onyekuru promises victory

Super Eagles dependable defender, William Troost-Ekong, has issued a stern warning to his teammates in the national team that the Libyans will be tough to play when they meet in an African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Mediterranean Knights are leading group E with four points after thumping Seychelles 5-1 and forcing South Africa to a goalless draw in Durban.

And, although, the Udinese new recruit acknowledged that the Super Eagles, one of the best in Africa, will face a difficult game against Omar Al-Marime’s side, he is confident that they will prepare to clinch the maximum points.

“It will be very tough, but we are one of the best teams in Africa now, and any opponent will bring their A game to face us,” Troost-Ekong told Kwese Espn.

“We will prepare the same way as we did for the double-header against Cameroon last year, as this is of the same importance.”

The first leg of the clash take place on Saturday at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium while the second leg is scheduled for Tunisia, the new home of Libya.

Troost-Ekong will be making a return to the side since the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having missed their 3-0 victory over Seychelles last month.

The stand in captain Ahmed Musa spoke in the press conference about the important of the game against Libya, where he described Libya’s game as crucial to Nigeria’s AFCON qualification.

Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa has confessed that he is burning with anxiety to step out with the Super Eagles against Libya, as footballllive.ng reports that he cannot wait to play the match.

Nigeria are billed to host The Mediterranean Knights on Saturday evening at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo and, with just above 24 hours to go before kick-off, Musa said he wants to get it on.

The former CSKA Moscow of Russia and Leicester City of England fleet-footed attacker is set to captain Nigeria once again, in the absence of regular skipper, John Mikel Obi, and Musa says it is another chance to make his mark for the country.

Musa admitted Saturday’s game would be very decisive in Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for next year’s AFCON in Cameroon, but added that he and his national team mates are not under any pressure at all to win.

Rather than worry about the game, or even the reverse fixture that comes up three days later in Sfax, Tunisia, Musa stressed that they are all staying focused on the task at hand and believes they will succeed.

“We are ready to go all out against Libya. In fact, I can’t just wait to take on these Libyans. I am eager to play and get it over with.

“Thank God, me and my colleagues are not under any form of pressure. We are relaxed but ready.

“We will not talk about the second leg until we play this one and, by the grace of God, we shall win,” Musa declared emphatically.

We know the importance of the game, we can’t afford not to win because we have not qualified on two occasions to AFCON, we need to push harder till we qualified

The stand in captain believes this is the time to qualify for AFCON by beating the opponents both home and away.

All that Nigerians want from us as a team is winning.

I and my colleagues the players are determined and focused to win the game.

For me especially, this is the kind of game I love playing and i am ready come Saturday to win.

Super Eagles forward, Henry Onyekuru, has said that the team will go all out for a win in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double- header against Libya.

Gernot Rohr’s men will host the Mediterranean Knights at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, with the reverse fixture to take place on Tuesday in Sfax, Tunisia.

The three-time African champions occupy third position in Group E with three points from their opening two games.

Libya sits at the top of the group with four points, same as the Bafana Bafana of South Africa who have an inferior goal difference.

Onyekuru, who is on loan at Turkish club, Galatasaray from English Premier League side, Everton assures that the Super Eagles are ready to give their best in both games.

“We know what the coach wants from us which is to give our very best against Libya. That is exactly what we intend to do in both games,” the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles quotes Onyekuru on Friday.

“We will work very hard to win and make our nation proud.”

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