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Nigerian national U23 team captain, Azubuike Okechukwu, has stated that today’s (November 15, 2019) encounter with the South Africa is a must-win game for the Olympic Eagles.

The coach Imama Amapakabo charged side will head into their final group match against the Amaglug-glug with the sole intention of winning to boost their chances of making it to the semi-final round of the 2019 CAF U23 Cup of Nations in Egypt. Nigeria currently occupies the second spot in Group B, one point behind South Africa, after beating the Zambian team on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

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It is a must-win for us. We know the importance of the game and we’ve been working hard in training. Hopefully, tomorrow we are going to come out in our best and then make sure we win the game.

Azubuike Okechukwu

Azubuike teamed up with the Nigerian squad late on Monday (November 11) owing to the fact that his Turkish club, Istabul Basaksehir, held him for their Turkish Super Lig game last weekend. Despite missing the 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire, Okechukwu played a crucial role in Nigeria’s 3-1 win against the Chipolopolo of Zambia but does not think his presence is the reason behind Nigeria’s victory in the second game. The Turkish-based footballer attributed the win to team’s collective effort.

The Nigeria vs South Africa game will kick off at 7pm (WAT).

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