Moses Simon of Nigeria (r) challenged by Tebogo Langerman of South Africa during the 2019 Afcon football qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Uyo State, Nigeria. @Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix
Thursday Aug 31, 2017. 12:30
As the giants of African football are set to lock horns on Friday, Nigerian midfielder Moses Simon says they respect Cameroon, but they want a win.
The Super Eagles are at home hosting the reigning African champions eyeing their third win in their quest to book a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Simon has admitted Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier is not a fixture for the faint-hearted as they will do everything to grind out a positive result.
On the other hand, the midfielder also shared his sentiments on the return of skipper, John Obi Mikel ahead of the crucial encounter.
“We were not at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon when Cameroon won the trophy but we have respect for them as the African champions,” he tells CAF.com.
CAMEROON CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE TO NIGERIA, SAYS BROOS
“We have to give everything that we have when we are going to play against them. We have to play together as a team.
“I believe we have a very good squad with the calibre of players we have in the team right now.
“We are happy to always have him (Mikel) around because he’s the leader. His presence alone is a great boost to the team and it will motivate us as well.
“We want the fans to come out to support us to win this important match on Friday. We want to keep our mind and eyes on the match in Uyo.
“Thereafter, we can talk about the return match in Yaounde. What Nigerians should expect from us on Friday is victory.”
Gernot Rohr's men currently tops Group B with six points from two wins over Zambia and Algeria. The match will be staged at the Uyo International Stadium at 18:00 (CAT) on Friday.