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Nigeria Must Not Underrate Niger -Lawal

Posted: Jan 5, 2016 at 7:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ex-international Garba Lawal has warned the home-based Super Eagles to not underrate the Niger during their Group C opener of the African Nations Championship. Speaking with New Telegraph, the former midfielder said the Eagles should take the opening match as a cup final because there are no small teams anymore in world football.

“I believe every team wants to win the tournament and the Nigeriens are no different. For Nigeria, every match should be like a cup final regardless of whoever we’re playing against. There are no more pushovers so we have to be focused from the start of the tournament if we want to go far,” Lawal said.

He also charged the coaches to get the team to defend as a unit and keep their discipline all-round the field of play for the full 90minutes. “There is no easy game anymore so they have to play as a team and keep their defensive discipline and with full concentration throughout the tournament,” he added.