By Prince Etim
As the Super Eagles of Nigeria gear up to play their second group game against Iceland this afternoon, former international Segun Odegbami has charged the players to rise to the occasion and give their best when they take to the field.
The football legend who was with Nigerian sports journalist Chisom Mbonu in Russia, was speaking to the players when he met with them last night in their Volgograd base.
Read his words below:
‘I am in Volgograd. I have just finished watching the final chapter of an unfolding drama in Group D of the World Cup. It is curtains for Argentina, because I do not see how they will survive their last match against Nigeria. It was a rare privilege earlier this evening when, at the instance of Amaju Pinnick, I was given the rare privilege to address members of the Super Eagles at their dinner table, the only person to do so on the eve of their greatest challenge when they confront the Vikings of Iceland with all the pent up ‘anger’, energy, determination and motivation from the Croatian match. It was a spirit lifting meeting that we had. I simply reminded them of their responsibility to ensure that they displayed the full version of the Nigerian do-or-die spirit. I reminded them also about their responsibility to the ordinary Nigerian on the street that is with them unconditionally foŕ as long as they give their best. I reminded them of their assured place in history if they could rise above the disappointment.
The Super Eagles are chasing an important win against Iceland when they play this afternoon. The Russia 2018 games are showing at the Super Eagles Dome in Surulere, Lagos.