Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has dismissed fears by Nigeria football enthusiasts, that the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon will be a hard match for the team, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Ogenyi Onazi of Nigeria competes for the ball with Reza Ghoochannejhad of Iran during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Iran and Nigeria The Super Eagles were thumped 2-0 by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in an Africa Cup of Nations qualification match at the venue. Onazi who was captain of the team in that encounter said the Eagles lost that June 9 game because the team was out of depth.
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“I don’t think we should point fingers of bad luck on the choice of Uyo as our home ground for now. It was not the reason we lost – the reason was simply because we were not at our best on that night and no matter how painful it is, losing games is part of football,” Onazi stated. Nigeria lead the group B qualifiers with six points from two games. Cameroon has two points, while Algeria and Zambia have one each. A win and draw for the Super Eagles in the back-to-back encounter against Cameroon will almost guarantee them a place in Russia 2018. The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the match will hold on September 1 in Uyo, just as its director of communications, Ademola Olajire assured that all the necessary preparations will be done to see that the Eagles get the maximum points.