We can’t afford to lose to Nigeria on Sunday, says Drogba

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nigerians lash out at NFF for abandoning team

AFTER coming from 0-2 goals down to draw 2-2 with Algeria in their last group match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Wednesday, players and officials of Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire say they will deploy ‘everything’ against the Super Eagles in Sunday’s quarterfinal game.

The declaration by the Elephants came just as some Nigerians residents here in South Africa have condemned officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for ‘staying too far away’ from the players in the competition.   Some have threatened to confront Aminu Maigari and chairman of the Technical Committee, Christ Green, wherever ‘we sight them’ in the stadium on Sunday. The people are not happy that the officials are milling around the city of Nelspruit and Johannesburg, chopping from one mall to another while the team is in Rustenburg all alone.

Speaking with The Guardian during the Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria tie on Wednesday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg-based Nigerian businessman, Ken Nwangu, expressed sadness over the decision of the NFF officials to stay in far away Nelspruit and Johannesburg when officials of other countries are on ground in Rustenburg with their teams.

An angry Nwangu asked: “Where are our country’s officials? I learnt they came from Johannesburg and Nelspruit to watch the last game against Ethiopia. Why? That is not good enough. Officials of the Ethiopian FA and their supporters relocated from Nelspruit to Rustenburg the same day the team came into this city. Why should NFF be different? I am sure they don’t want anyone to know how they are shopping. I will confront them, especially Maigari and Green on Sunday.”

Another Nigerian, a female hair stylist, Lydia, said that she will be the happiest person if the Eagles can cage the Elephants on Sunday. “It will be good if our team can move to the semifinal but I fear Drogba and those players from Cote d’Ivoire. Our boys need motivation, courage and determination to win this match on Sunday.”

It would be recalled that some NFF officials missed the last group match against Ethiopia as they were held up in traffic on their way from Nelspruit to the match venue in Rustenburg.

Speaking at a post match conference at the end of Wednesday game against Algeria, Wilfred Bony of Cote d’Ivoire simply said: “Now that we are through with the game against Algeria, we are ready for Nigeria.”

However, team captain, Didier Tebily Yves Drogba told The Guardian at the mixed zone that the Elephants will not treat any match involving the Super Eagles with kid gloves saying: “Nigeria is a tough side and we have to approach the game with a different strategy. We can’t afford to lose to Nigeria on Sunday.”

But defender, Emmanuel Eboue, who was on the bench in Wednesday’s game against Algeria said: “Your country (referring to the Super Eagles) are more favoured in this game. We will try our best to win. We just have to win on Sunday because our target here is to win the trophy for our fans and people of Ivory Coast.”

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