Levante of Spain winger, Moses Simon has declared that the biggest motivation that will spur the Super Eagles to beat Libya this Saturday in Uyo is the desire to return to the Afirca Cup of Nations.
With Nigeria having missed the last two editions of the continental soccer showpiece, Simon said he and other players in the Eagles know what is at stake from their upcoming double-head fixture against Libya.
Simon, who moved to Levante from A Gent of Belgium this summer, is back in the Eagles after missing the World Cup due to injury and a relapse shut him out of the last fixture against Seychelles, but he is now eager to get a shirt against Libya.
However, the former SK Trencin of Slovakia star said he is not desperate to play, and acknowledged that the coach, Gernot Rohr, would ultimately decide who gets to don the green-and-white on Saturday.
Simon admitted that the clash against the Mediterranean Knights will be tough, hence the reason why the Eagles will not underrate their opponents, and added that they will all play to ensure Nigeria returns to the Cup of Nations for the first time in six years.
Simon, who last played for Nigeria in a World Cup build-up game against Serbia in March, said: “Libya are a good side and we can’t underrate them.
“I believe all the players know about this already. We missed out on the last two editions of the competition so that should be enough motivation for us going into this match.
“I believe anybody the coach selects on match day will defend the colours of the country because we know how important this match is for the entire country.”