"This is going to be one of the most important matches of my career", Yobo said as he stepped out of the official Press conference ahead of today’s make-or-mar match with Ethiopia. "I have been the most capped player for Nigeria at the moment and had played football from the youth level to become the captain of the national team.
"But all these will mean nothing if I fail to lift a trophy for the country after having played top-flight football in Europe. I am now more determined than ever before and we will correct the errors of our first two matches", said Yobo.
He disclosed that the spirit among the players was very high and that the Super Eagles were in the right frame of mind ahead of the game. Yobo said that there were no injuries in camp and that Victor Moses who signalled to be substituted in the last match against Zambia is now back on his feet.
"We have our destiny in our hands and will focus on the game instead of getting worried or distracted on what may be happening in the other group game of Zambia and Burkina Faso which will be played simultaneously with the Nigeria-Ethiopia clash.He noted the likelihood of both Nigeria and Zambia winning their respective matches by the same number of goals; the fair play record may count against Nigeria in determining the group leader. The leadership of the group is very important as teams are avoiding an early confrontation with Cote d’Ivoire which is noted as the most complete side of the tournament.
"We will try and reduce our accumulation of yellow cards which has put Nigeria behind Zambia in the event that fair play will be used as tie-breaker. He, however, noted that the Super Eagles did not go out to be physical against their opponents, but that some of the calls by the referees were unjustified.
"Don’t forget that football is a contact game. There is no way that players will not clash. But we will try to be less physical", said Yobo.