Warri Wolves striker Kufre Ebong who is with the Nigeria U23 squad participating in the ongoing CAF U23 Championship has called on Nigerians to get behind the team as preparations for Wednesday’s clash against Egypt hits top gear.
The coach Samson Siasia began their campaign in the tournament with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Mali on Sunday in a game the Nigerian side were considered second best owing to their lackluster second half display.
Ebong who was an unused substitute on Sunday in an exclusive interview with 366football.com believes the first game in every competition does not always tell the true credentials of a team, insisting Nigerians will see a better performance from the team in their next game against one of the tournament’s favorites Egypt.
“I want to use this opportunity to plead with our fans back home to continue supporting us with their prayers as we are very focused on making them proud.
“Our last game wasn’t one of our best displays considering our quality but I must commend my team-mates for a job well done. The most important thing is we won. Our players did well.
“We have now put the Mali game behind us and are now putting things together ahead of the Egypt clash and believe me if we continue doing to teams what we did to Mali in terms of result, then the trophy cup is ours. That was our first match I think before our second game we’ll put everything in place.
On whether he was bothered by being left on the bench for the entire duration of the encounter, the former Akwa United man added;
“Every player wants to start matches but its only 11 players that can go on the pitch and that decision is solely the coach’s to make.
“All I can do is work hard in training and be ready to take my chance when it comes but whether I play or not isn’t the issue, the most important thing for me is the success of the team.” Ebong stated