Romania-based former Super Eagles’ defender, Michael Chukwuwike Odibe (Asaba) has charged Nigeria’s national team players to put behind them the agony of Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Madagascar at the Africa Cup of Nations, in order for them to concentrate on beating The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon this Saturday.
With the Eagles now set to tango with their eternal AFCON nemesis team on Saturday, Odibe said he wants the players to put in their best efforts, in order to come out with flying colours.
The once-promising stopper, who shot to limelight while playing for AC Siena of Italy and went on to get his Nigeria debut in an international friendly against Sierra Leon at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos in 2011, added that the desire to make history should propel the Eagles revival.
Born July 23, 1988, ‘Asaba’ has a home in Northern Cyprus, but plays for plays for Romanian Liga II side, Farul Constanța, but is most famous for his spell at Siena, who signed the defender on loan from Saint-Gilles of Belgium on February 1, 2010.
On January 31, 2011, Odibe left Siena on a six-month loan deal with FC Südtirol, then joined Arsenal Kyiv of Ukraine on a season-long loan deal on August 31, 2011, before moving to FC Atyrau of Kazakhstan in January 2014, then to Concordia Chiajna in 2016, Akzhayik in 2017 and Constanța at the start of 2018, as he aims to make the best of his twilight days.
The towering former First Bank of Lagos stopper, who got his Nigeria debut on on 9 February 2011, is now giving the Eagles tips on how to overcome Cameroon this weekend.
He told Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos: “Nigeria should not think about the last group game, because that was a minor setback.
“They should forget about what happened against Madagascar and concentrate on playing the next match against Cameroon.
“I am expecting our players to rise to the occasion and come out with flying colours.
“Many people have written the Super Eagles off, but I’m staying hopeful for victory for Nigeria against Cameroon.”