Liberia Can't Stop Us, Moses Warns President Sirleaf-Johnson
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Super Eagles stars -Victor Moses and Efe Ambrose - said
Wednesday they were unshaken by the campaign launched by
Liberia's President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, who is backing
the Lone Star to edge out Nigeria from the Africa Cup of
Nations finals next year in South Africa.
Nigeria and Liberia are already pumping the adrenalin ahead
of their match up on Saturday at the Samuel Kayon Doe
Stadium, Monrovia in the first leg of the final round
qualifying match leading to a place in the continent's
biggest football showpiece.
President Sirleaf-Johnson upped stake when she Wednesday
constituted a mobilization committee, led by former
President of Liberian Football Federation, Edwin Snowe, to
motivate the public against the visiting Super Eagles.
The Liberian rally is code named: "Operation Crush Nigeria".
It was a direct response to the tone set by President
Goodluck Jonathan, who on Monday, fired up Super Eagles
coach Stephen Keshi, during a rare telephone call, to
buttress the importance of the Africa Cup of Nations to
Jonathan's rally and Sirleaf-Johnson's campaign, was taken
with the right measure by Moses and Ambrose, who assured of
their readiness to secure the honours right in Mrs Johnson's
"We know what is at stake and are prepared to give more than
100 percent because that is what is required to secure
victory in Monrovia. Their president is behind them, but our
motive is not only to win there, but to secure our Africa
Cup of Nations qualification before the return leg in
Nigeria." Ambrose, who recently joined Celtic said.
Moses, who plays for Chelsea, noted that a victory over
Liberia is a must as he was already looking forward to his
maiden Africa Cup of Nations in January next year.
"I don't normally like to boast, but we want to make light
of the Liberians by going for a victory in Monrovia. It is a
very important assignment because I want to appear in my
first Africa's Cup of Nations and don't want to see Liberia
as a barrier" Moses said.
Why Keshi was in high spirits ahead of the team's departure
to Monrovia Friday, he cut a worried figure when he
disclosed his concern for midfielder, Ruben Gabriel, who
took a knock at training on Tuesday.
Gabriel's absence will be a major blow for Nigeria
considering he has been the stabilizing factor in the Eagles
central midfield in the last eight matches.
"We don't know if he (Gabriel) can make it to Monrovia
because he got a knock in training. But we will have to wait
till Wednesday for the result of the scan," Keshi said.