QUOTES FROM SUPER EAGLES PRE MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE
“We know a lot of things about this team (Cameroon) because we had the opportunity to see them not only in AFCON, but Confederations Cup.
“We have the return of the experienced [players], we have some new players who are strong and we have a very good spirit.”
Gernot Rohr on his team’s readiness for Friday’s clash with Cameroon.
“We are coming back to Uyo (Godswill Akpabio International Stadium) because it’s the best pitch in the country, a nice stadium, and we have good conditions here and we are feeling good here.”
Gernot Rohr justifying the choice of Uyo as Super Eagles’ host city.
I spoke with him (Vincent Enyeama). He is ready to come back, but he must be fit and has to find a new club.
Gernot Rohr, Nigeria manager, on the potential return of Vincent Enyeama to the Nigerian team.
“There’s always motivation to go to the World Cup. The World Cup is the best tournament in the world to football players.
“We are ready to make sure we qualify for the World Cup. For me, it doesn’t change, I still want to play, if I can play for another ten more World Cup (laughs).”
John Obi Mikel, Nigeria captain, on the team’s motivation to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup
“It’s a good one as a goalkeeper getting a chance, but the most important thing is for you to make good use of it.
”I’ve been with the team for the past two years, the most important thing is that I’ve understudied my brothers, Carl Ikeme and Daniel Akpeyi, and I think i’ve gathered a lot of experience from them.
“And I think by the special grace of God, I’m going to make good use of it.”
Ikechukwu Ezenwa, FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper, on his preparedness for the starting role in Friday’s match.
“It’s always a disappointment to be injured, but i don’t think it does affect the way we play together or the partnership [with William-Troost Ekong].
“I don’t look to the past because injury is injury, it’s part of the game, unfortunately, but I don’t think it’ll affect us.”
Leon Balogun, Nigeria centre-back, on whether his 10-month absence from the National team due to injury will negatively affect his partnership with William-Troost Ekong
“I’ve never been disappointed because, for me, I always think my time will come. So, I was just waiting for the right time to come, and I’m very happy the Coach [Gernot Rohr] actually recognised me this period.”
Anthony Nwakaeme speaking on his first call-up to the Super Eagles.