Wednesday, 8 October 2014
We can't afford to drop points against Sudan. says; Juwon Oshaniwa
Nigeria defender Juwon Oshaniwa has expressed positivity over the nation's qualification hopes for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morroco ahead of their two-legged matches against Sudan.
The MS Ashdod FC of Israel defender, told Goal that the Super Eagles will get the maximum points against the Falcons of Jediane.
Oshaniwa, 24, who was a member of the Super Eagles that won the 2013 Afcon title in South Africa, is hopeful of regaining a starting role after his impressive performance at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in place of injured Elderson Echiejile, who is now back to the fold.
The former Sharks defender, who only featured in the Afcon 2013 final as a substitute, insists he and his teammates are fully aware of the immediate importance of the Sudan clash and cannot afford to drop points if they hope to reach the finals in Morrocco.
"I'm happy to still be invited to the team and the dream to ensure the country's flag is hoisted in Morroco is our objective. We might have had our bad start, but we still have a big chance to go through as all hope is not lost," Oshaniwa told Sportmasta.
"The games against Sudan are very important and we the players know it. We will be going out for victories both at away and home. We know how much we need to win these games becuase we want to go to the Nations Cup and defend our title," he concluded.
The Super Eagles, who are expected to depart the country on Thursday, October 9 will first play the Sudanese national team in Kharthoum on October 11, before they host them four days later in Abuja.
Nigeria are third on the Group A standings with a point from two games, while opponents Sudan are pointless and rooted bottom after recording defeats in their two opening games.
Congo and South Africa occupy first and second place with six and four points respectively after two matches.