Nigerian striker Emmanuel Emenike says his team must score a lot of goals to ensure their qualification into the next round of the African Cup of Nations, ahead of their must-win clash against Ethiopia.
The Super Eagles take on the Harambee Stars of Ethiopia on Tuesday evening at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Nigeria drew their first two Group C matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia.
Burkina Faso tops the group with four points followed by Nigeria and defending champions Zambia on two each, while Ethiopia has only one.
Speaking on Nigeria’s chances to qualify, Emenike says Eagles need to score more goals.
“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal, maybe 1-0 could not be enough to claim victory, so we will do our best to score more goals in our next game,” said the Spartak Moscow forward.
“I knew from the onset that our group will be a most interesting and tough group, but no matter what, we just need to be optimistic of our qualification. As it is now, only victory against Ethiopia can give us the ticket.
“That means our destiny lies in our own hand and that is why we must give everything on Tuesday.
“Like I have said before, my best is yet to be seen, this is just the beginning. I will always do my best to get the goals whenever I am in position to do so.
“My goals are possible because I got assists from my team mates. I appreciate everybody’s effort to make it happen. Together we will make Nigerians happy,” Emenike said.
“It is always a thing of joy when a striker scores, but my happiness would have been more complete had we won all three points against Burkina Faso.
“Nigerians should keep their faith in us and we promise that the team will fly past Ethiopia on Tuesday. We have a lot to offer the country. We can do much more than what we did against Zambia and we will do that against Ethiopia.”