Ahead of the international friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Mexico, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has promised that the team will give its best and warned Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) stars that it won’t be the same as club football.
The Heartland goalkeeper who is expected to captain the team for the game scheduled for the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USA on July 3 was part of the group of players that began training at the Eagles camp in Abuja on Wednesday.
Speaking after the training session, Ezenwa said: “We are working according to the coach’s instructions as we look forward to the game against Mexico in Los Angeles. It’s a privilege to represent 200 million Nigerians – we just have to give our best to make the country great.”
Super Eagles manager, Genot Rohr invited 25 players from the NPFL as most of the foreign based players won’t be available for the encounter and Ezenwa has warned his teammates to be ready for the task.
“It’s not going to be easy as most of the boys are meeting for the first time but the important thing is solidarity. Give them the needed talk and let them understand that it is not clubside football – it’s the national team where you represent about 200 million people and my job is to help them deliver the task in front of us,” he said.
Nigeria played two friendlies in June against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. They lost the first and drew the second and will hope for a better result against Mexico on July 3 in Los Angeles.