Nigerian national team captain Joseph Yobo told Goal.com that his teammates were highly motivated for Tuesday night’s clash against Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
The former Everton defender, who was not in the starting eleven, told his teammates to believe in themselves during half-time, after a 45 minutes that was dominated by the Ethiopians with their attack-minded football.
“Of course you know, I just told the guys to believe in themselves that we can still win the game. The game was still very much in our own hands,” said Yobo.
Yobo said that their game plan for the second half was to put pressure on the Ethiopians and let them make mistakes that would allow Nigeria to penetrate.
“We just had to go out there and believe that we can do more, push them under pressure until they make mistakes, and get something out of it,” said the Fenerbahce defender.
Nigeria managed to stick to their game plan and pushed forward until they were awarded two penalties that were both converted by Chelsea’s Victor Moses toward the end of the game.
The Super Eagles’ next stop in the 2013 Afcon is the quarterfinal against Ivory Coast this coming Sunday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.