Racing Genk of Belgium attacker, Stephen Odey has admitted that he and other forwards in Nigeria’s under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles must be clinical in front of goal and convert any chance that comes their way in Tuesday’s African championship qualifier against Sudan, megasportsarena.com reports.
Having lost the first leg 1-0 away last Thursday, the Eagles have to win by two unrepliad goals at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba for them to reach the third African U-23 Cup of Nations billed for November in Egypt, and Odey believes they capable of even scoring three.
However, the former Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministry (MFM) FC of Lagos dazzler, admitted the only way they can rain goals in the Delta State capital is if they convert the chances they get, and avoid being as wasteful as they were in the first leg.
Indeed, Odey and SV Mainz of Germany striker, Taiwo Awoniyi were guilty of missing several chances in the first leg, but the onus is now on them to atone for all those shortcomings and redeem themselves with goals in front of their home fans in The Big Heart state’s capital city.
Incidentally, Odey, who has previously played for the home-based Eagles, will most likely lead the team’s attack in Asaba, following the failure of the coach, Imama Amapakabo to secure the release of Club Brugge striker, David Okereke and Montreal Impact winger Orji Okwonkwo.
The youngster, though, said he is up to the task and predicted that the Nigerian lads can even score as many as three goals, without conceding any, but stressed that the only way to get the job done is for them to ensure they convert as many chances as possible.
Odey declared: “We just have to make use of our chances. We lost 1-0 in Sudan and it is now an opportunity for us to redeem ourselves in the eyes of Nigerians by winning with a good goal margin like 3-0 and above, but we need to utilise our chances.”