Former Barcelona and Nigeria defender Gbenga Okunowo has called for “calm” from Super Eagles players ahead of their match against Libya on Saturday.
The Super Eagles face the Mediterranean Knight in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign, and Okunowo has urged all the players to keep their composure in what he thinks will be a “pressure situation”.
“It’s important we keep 11 men on the pitch because it will be a very difficult game,” Okunowo told Footballlive.ng
“It’s going to be a pressure situation and we don’t need to give the referee any excuse to send any of us off or unnecessary yellow cards. It’s important everyone takes responsibility and stays on the pitch.
“Libya will be trying to claim everything and intimidate the referee into making rash decisions.”
Nigeria will host the first leg at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday 13th October with the return leg scheduled for the 18,000-capacity Stade Taïeb Mhiri in the city of Sfax, Tunisia on Tuesday 16th October.