Huesca of Spain midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali has revealed that every player in Nigeria’s under-23 squad, Olympic Eagles has a united focus in mind, hence his belief that they will play collective football and target a common goal of success at this month’s Africa championship in Egypt, megasportsarena.com reports.
The former Arsenal of England fringe player, who was loaned by The Gunners to MVV Maastricht and VV Venlo of Holland as well as FC Porto of Portugal, before selling him this year’s summer to Huesca, is bound to captain the Olympic Eagles in Saturday’s opening game of the African U-23 Cup of Nations, ahead of which he says the entire team will play with one mind.
Nwakali has declared that the team’s main aim in Egypt is to pick the 2020 Olympics ticket, whilst also not ruling out winning the tournament, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Olympics Eagles begin their quest for the Tokyo 2020 ticket on Saturday when they face Ivory Coast at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo before also facing Zambia and South Africa in Group B with the two top teams progressing to the semifinals.
Ahead of their first game on Saturday, Nwakali is of a view that the level of opposition in their group means they must work very hard but added that he remains confident in the ability of the Nigerian squad to do well all together during the competition in Egypt.
Nwakali declared: “We have one mind to win this competition in Egypt and pick the Olympics ticket. It will be good if we play our mindset together as a team. We can achieve our target once we play together as a team.
“As a team, we are all prepared to defend the colours of the country in Egypt and I believe with togetherness and hard work we will come out tops. We have a difficult group in Ivory Coast, Zambia, and South Africa but if we play as a unit, we can scale the hurdle.
“The objective for us is to pick the Olympics ticket to Tokyo. Although we won’t rule out the chance to win the trophy again, the ticket remains our main aim going into the competition. “