Flying Eagles manager Emmanuel Amuneke has sent out a clear message to the Dream Team VI of Nigeria ahead of their semifinal clash against Germany tonight.
The former Barcelona winger wants the Samson Siasia led side to believe in their ability to beat the Europeans as they bid to win the Men’s Football gold at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.
“It will tough a very game because the Germans are a very good side, technically and tactically,” Amuneke told FCNaija.com.
“We saw how they played Portugal, they were able to manage the game and these are the little things that will determine the game against Nigeria.
“But of course, the Dream Team VI will have to believe in themselves, remain calm and focus.”
He continued: “However, you can’t go into battle without respecting your opponents even if they are they are the weakest, you must accord them due respect.
“So any team in the semifinals of a major tournament has shown that hardwork pays.
“Now, it depends on the mentality and ability of the Nigerian team to push on. Factors like tiredness can play a key role at this stage but the team must believe and focus on the task at hand. They should avoid mistakes and take their chances when it comes.”
Amuneke who scored the goal that gave Nigeria a 3-2 victory against Argentina at Atlanta 96’ en route winning her first Olympic football gold medal gave an insight to how the players will be feeling before the big kick-off tonight against Germany.
“There will be a mixture of enthusiasm and uncertainty among the players,” he revealed.
“Excitement that they are closer to winning the gold medal and also doubts, knowing that a defeat will see them only play for a bronze medal place.
“So a lot depends on the players to show absolute believe and faith in their own ability to go the extra mile for the trophy.”