Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo, whose defensive error cost Nigeria the maximum point in its opening game against Burkina Faso at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in South Africa, has stated that the team will do all in its power to claim its first win when they lock horns with the Chipolopolo of Zambia on Friday.

The 32-year-old Fenerbahce defender was almost certain that Nigeria would overrun Burkina Faso in their first Group C game on Monday, but to everyone’s surprise, the Burkinabes waited until the last seconds to deny Nigeria of full match points.

“We played a good game and had controlled it well for the greater part of it but that’s football for you. We were supposed to get all three points so credit to Burkina Faso they found the equaliser,” Yobo said in the post-match briefing.

“As far as the result is concerned, it wasn’t the best start for us. We were supposed to win this game; it is like a lost game to me. The match against Zambia is going to be like a Cup final because we want to make sure that we qualify for the next stage.

“We have to show character in next game against Zambia.

“We know what to expect in the game because they are the defending champions and we respect them for that, they know what we can do as well and know what we will come for in the match.
“It will be a difficult game because both teams need the three points.”


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