Levante of Spain winger, Moses Simon and towering midfielder, John Ugochukwun Ogu have both raised the ante ahead of Nigeria’s clash with Tunisia in the third place match of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, as they agreed the Super Eagles just have to win the game on Wednesday, megasportsarena.com reports.
Ogu, who is currently hunting for a new club in the summer transfer window, after leaving Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel last month, concurred with Simon that losing to Algeria was a huge disappointment for them and all Nigerians but reasoned that they can soften the pain to a large extent by getting consolation bronze medals on Wednesday.
Simon affirmed that they are all professional footballers, who know the essence of victory and defeat from any match, hence their ability to weather the storm and romp back better, which he says they will do in the midweek battle with The Carthage Eagles.
The former SK Trencin of Slovakia and KAA Gent of Belgium star pointed out further that players with ambition do not put their tales in their back just because of one defeat, which he says will inform their attitude and approach to seek victory against Tunisia in midweek.
Simon stated: “We just have to get rid of memories about the match against Algeria. We all know it was painful, we are all disappointed, but we must move on.
“We are professionals, we will get over it and try to win the third place match on Wednesday against Tunisia. That will be a consolation for us.”
Ogu pointed out that the zeal of being a Nigerian and starring for the national team always burns hot in his blood, thereby giving him the necessary determination to seek glory for the country, hence the need for him and his colleagues to make up for lost ground on Wednesday.
He echoed Simon’s words that Sunday’s loss was painful, which made all the players and every Nigerian sad, but he stressed that they must gather themselves and think of beating Tunisia on Wednesday.
Ogu added: “So many things in my life I can never take for granted and one of them is taking the privilege representing my country.
“(The) game was painful to take in such time of the game but this is football. We wanted to win this Cup for you all.
“I feel we played better in the second half, we were more organized but we played against a good side.
”I think it’s something we need to learn from, it is very annoying losing in the last minute.
”We need to really go back to work because we want to leave this country with something.
”Everyone is sad but we are looking forward to the next game. We have tried to encourage ourselves.
“The game against Tunisia is very important now for us, we need to get something out of it. Pray for us. The third place is key.”