World Cup: We’ll Shock Critics —Yobo




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Ahead of Iran clash, Fenerbahce central defender Joseph Yobo has taken stock of quality of players in Super Eagles, and reckons the live up to their billing as continental champions in Brazil.

If their last two opening fixture defeats to Argentina – in /Japan 2002 and South 2010 – should serve as a lesson, know they must target all three points against Iran.

“We are African champions. Now we have young players. I think be surprised.

“As captain, I try to motivate entire group. This is a unique chance for us,” Joseph Yobo told reporters..

defeated Iran 1 – 0 in the only meeting between the two sides in a pre – World Cup friendly 16 years, thanks to a second half strike Ahmed Yaro Yaro.

Meanwhile, Osaze Odemwingie has defended his performances since making his reutrn to the international stage.

The 32-year-old was a highly popular player for the Super Eagles until he lost his cool and took to trash-talking his national coach on Twitter two years ago.

A spell in the wilderness has, however, softened Odemwingie, his second appearance at the World Cup this summer, with a chance to prove himself on the biggest stage as Nigeria face Iran on Monday.

In recent friendly matches against the States and Greece, the forward looked rusty and a little of place in the team, losing the ball to opponents and struggling to link play, and the country won the Cup of Nations during his spell of the set-up.

Odemwingie, however, insists his form will improve over .

“It was a comeback for me and things don’t just gel overnight,” Odemwingie told Goal.

“There are a few faces to play with but the most important thing is that I’m going to give my best in games that mean a lot for us.

“I’m joining a winning side, they’ve been doing well in the past two years, I hope that continues.

“There’ less pressure on me because there are here can deliver for Nigeria so I’ll just give the contribution that I can and do my best.”

In the same shoes is captain Joseph Yobo, fell with the coach after the team won the Cup of Nations title last year, in South .

for more a year, the skipper has returned to the side in for the World Cup and has to contend with the duo of Godfrey Oboabona and Kenneth Omeruo for a starting place in defence in his chase for a record-setting 100th cap.

“We have to step it up,” Yobo said. “We know the importance of starting well, it’ not going to be easy against Iran, they are pushovers.

“It’ going to be a tough game on Monday but if we get the three points, then the confidence is going to grow.”
(PM News)