January 29, 2023

Eagles will fire up at World Cup qualifiers —Ideye

September 5, 2016

Olympiacos of Greece striker, Brown Ideye has assured that the Super Eagles will have their shooting boots on when the 2018 World Cup qualifiers begin next month.

Nigeria barely sneaked past Tanzania with Kelechi Iheanacho’s 78th minute’s   scorcher last Saturday in Uyo, after they squandered a rash of chances.

However, Ideye said he believes the Eagles will be more clinical in front of goal beginning with the October 3 World Cup qualifier in Zambia.

“I believe we were a bit unlucky not to score more than the goal we got against Tanzania. But by the time of the World Cup qualifiers, we will be scoring many goals,” he said.

The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner also said he was pleased to return to competitive action with the Eagles.

“I am delighted to be back to the national team,” he said.

“It is the dream of every player to play for his country and hopefully, I will improve on what I did previously with the team.”

Interestingly, Ideye was a 73rd minute replacement for Watford striker and childhood friend Odion Ighalo last weekend.

“I went to school in Ajegunle with Odion. I am happy for him that he is now doing well in the Premier League,” said Ideye, a former  West Bromwich player.

Meanwhile, Captain John Mikel John Obi, has buttressed Ideye’s remark saying their focus is now on the game against Zambia in Ndola on October 3.

The Chelsea star said the result against Tanzania would have been different if the Eagles had maximised their scoring opportunites.

“I appreciate the support we got here in Uyo.

On behalf of the team, we are thankful for that. We played really well though we created lots of chances. We couldn’t score more than one for a couple of reasons. Now we need to stick together and we want the same kind of support we got here and do well for the World Cup qualifiers which is very important now.

“I hope the next time we come back here we will have many more victories here,” he said.

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