Former Nigeria international, Sylvanus Okpala say the Super Eagles don’t have any excuse when they play against Lesotho in a 2021 AFCON qualifying in Maseru.
Super Eagles, already top the group, will lock horns with the Crocodiles in their second Group L game today.
Okpala, who was an assistant to Stephen Keshi when the Eagles won the AFCON in 2013 in South Africa has advised the team to do everything they can to get the desired result today.
“There are different types of artificial turfs but regardless, that shouldn’t be an excuse for the Super Eagles,” the former Goalkeeper told www.brila.net.
“I know it’s going to be difficult for some of the players coming from Europe who are not used to playing on such turfs but they just have to do their best and make the country proud.
“They just have to mange the result needed.”
Okpala, 58, also made reference to the Eagles’ performance in Rwanda on an AstroTurf surface in 2012.
“Nigeria once played on an artificial turf away at Rwanda during one of the AFCON qualifiers in 2012.
“Despite that it was not a very good turf, we scored a good goal but it was disallowed. And we ended up playing a draw.
“So my message to this Eagles is, if they can’t win, they should at least try not to lose.”