AFCON 23: Support of Nigerians Crucial for AFCON Success
By Samuel Victor Akpan
As the team gets set for the forthcoming AFCON U23 showdown in Egypt this weekend, Nigeria U23 defender Sincire Seth is upbeat about the Olympic Eagles’ chances of booking a berth in the football tournament at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The 21-year-old Boluspor FC of Turkey player in an exclusive chat with correspondent Sharif Abdallah at their Mercure Hotel suite in Ismailia, Egypt, says the goal remains to win the tournament and qualify for next year’s Olympics.
The versatile defender added that though it will be though considering the formidable teams in the tournament, the team is well potentiated to defend her AFCON crown in Egypt. He also sought the support of Nigerians back home.
“I will like to solicit on Nigerians back at home to support us 100% to go all out. The truth about this team is that we have good individual players and as a team, we have great set of players collectively. We are going to add that to our game and we are going to come out tops.”
“So we want them to support us wholeheartedly with their prayers and everything they can support us with as Nigerian, so in the end we will come out with one goal which is to win this tournament and qualify for the Olympics.”
He added: “Definitely it wouldn’t be easy because there are very, very good countries in this tournament and there are very good teams and different set of individual players.”
“For us Nigerians, we always have this mentality of winning and this won’t be an exception. Like I said, we are going to come out tops and I hope and I know we are going to qualify for Japan.”
Seth was part of team of the previous Dream team VI that won the 2015 U23 AFCON edition in Senegal and was pivotal as the team clinched bronze medal in Rio 2016 male football Olympic event in Brazil.
That experience he reckons will be very useful for the team as they now can know what to expect from teams in the competition.
“Playing previously at the last tournament, it has given me more sense of experience to know what we have to do and what is coming to us. So I think that will help a lot because we are going to add that to our game and help the team to prepare better”, noted Seth.