Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong has said the Super Eagles are fired up for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) last-16 clash against Cameroon because of their shock 2-0 loss to Madagascar in their last group match.
The Super Eagles, three-time African champions, had won their first and second group matches to qualify for the knock-out phase before going down to the AFCON debutants in Group B.
They take on perennial rivals and defending champions, Cameroon, who finished second in Group F behind Ghana after playing three matches without losing.
“Everyone was upset about the last game against Madagascar so I think everyone has that extra motivation. It’s do or die because we know we have to do everything to stay in the tournament,” Troost-Ekong said on Friday.
“It’s going to be a tough game against Cameroon. We faced them in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they might be out for revenge so we have to be ready for them.”
He also said, “We’ve been in this situation before when we’ve lost games when we might have been favourites beforehand. The same thing happened at home versus South Africa at the start of qualifying. Games like that happen.
“I think everyone now has woken up from that game. I don’t think anyone was satisfied from that performance. So we have to be very driven to show Nigeria and Africa that we feel otherwise. If you need motivation for this game you’re probably not in the right mindset. We’re going to be very eager to prove a point.”