World Cup playoff: It was a team victory – EmenikeSuper Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has said Sunday’s victory in Ethiopia was achieved by the entire team.
Emenike scored twice for the Eagles to take a 2-1 advantage into November 16 return leg in Calabar.
“We prepared well for this game and we deserved the three points. It was not all about me because this was a collective victory for us. We all worked hard as a team to show the spirit of champions,” Emenike told MTNFootball.com
“It was a tough game, it is one of the toughest games I have played for Eagles so far and I am happy to have conquered the fears.
“I went to Ethiopia with a determination for victory, so the victory was a mission accomplished. We remain humble in victory.
“I must give God the glory and adoration because he made it happen for me and my team.”
The 2013 AFCON top scorer said he expects the return leg to be even tougher.
“The return leg will be tough, we are not there yet, but we are in a comfortable zone. We just need to be focused and wrap it up in the second leg with another victory,” he said.
Italy-based Nnamdi Oduamadi told MTNFootball.com he did not panic even when Ethiopia went ahead.
“It was a tough match no doubt, they came at us to win but we gave our best to curtail them. I never felt we will not win the game, I was very upbeat there was no way the Ethiopians will beat,” he said.
“I was sure of victory. I am happy to be part of the team. World Cup here we come!”
Oduamadi was one of Nigeria’s best performers at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and said he will be glad to return there for the World Cup.
“I was at the Confederations Cup this year, I am glad that I will be going back there for the World Cup, it is a football country,” Oduamadi told MTNFootball.com.