Liberia coach, Peter Butler, says his team is battle ready for Nigeria today for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying match at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere in Lagos. Having said that they have come to make history and to beat Super Eagles in today match.
Our squad is stronger than that those who lost 6-1 to Nigeria back in 2012 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, as they looking forward to cause an upset against the three-time AFCON winners on Friday (today).
Both sides clash in an opening Group C of the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, today.
Ahmed Musa, Efe Ambrose, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Ikechukwu Uche were on the score sheet in 2012 and the Super Eagles will be hoping to start their World Cup campaign with an emphatic win in Lagos.
The Lone Star, who arrived in Lagos on Wednesday, had their first training on the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf on Thursday ahead of the match.
Speaking during a Facebook live video monitored by PUNCH Sports Extra, Butler, said he was not worried about Nigeria’s superior records against his side, neither was he focusing on their 2012 drubbing.
“Forget the past records and look at the current performance of our opponents. They are good, but Liberia can put up a stronger challenge against Nigeria. I’m not looking back to 2012, that’s history and we have learned from it.
“I am not the kind of person that looks back, I have to look forward to the positives, we haven’t come here to sit back and defend. We have come here to be positive, bold and attack-minded.”
Liberia are without a win against Nigeria since their 2-1 win in a World Cup qualifier in Monrovia in 2000.
Troost-Ekong, Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun) will fly back to their base, with the rest of the team travelling to the island of Mindelo on Sunday for Tuesday’s clash with the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
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