The home-based Super Eagles goalkeeper, John Noble has indicated his desire to secure a victory ahead of their high-profile friendly match against Mexico this weekend to prove doubters wrong.
It will be noted that 23 players from Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) who departed the shores of the country on Wednesday morning will trade tackle with the North American country at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the United States.
Speaking exclusively with the Enyimba goalkeeper, the team is prepared to defeat Mexico just as smaller teams have been securing big wins over stronger teams in the European championship.
“Looking at the ongoing EURO 2020, the games we have seen so far have given me the belief that football games can be won by any team regardless of the pedigree of the teams. Like now, everyone is looking down on us but we are going to prove them wrong and defeat Mexico.
“Nothing different other than a victory to make Nigerians proud. We know the task ahead and what is involved. We play in the local league and we owe the country. We are going to represent our country well as well as ourselves and family,” he said.
He further said he is glad to be back in the national team set up for the third time and he is prepared to lay a stake for the No 1 jersey by putting in a good performance by the weekend.
“As a player, I feel good. It is every player’s dream to play for the national team. When I got the invitation, I was very happy. This is my third call-up. My first call-up was against Lesotho in the AFCON qualifier and the friendly against Cameroon in Austria.
“Nothing different other than a victory to make Nigerians proud. We know the task ahead and what is involved. We play in the local league and we owe the country. We are going to represent our country well as well as ourselves and our family.
“The only thing that has taken me far is my hard work and prayer, I am going to keep to that so I can go higher in my career.
“Whenever I am given the opportunity to play in the main team of the Super Eagles, I will put in my possible best and make my impact felt. I won’t say I will do this or that but through hard work and prayer, I will get there,” John Noble concluded.
The two countries have previously played each other five times with their last three encounters ending in draws.
The Super Eagles are yet to win any of their meeting with El Tri and their last defeat came at the 1995 Fifa Confederation Cup in Riyadh. The North Americans won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time.