Giwa FC striker, Amos Gyang, has called on the Super Eagles to keep their heads above water and not allow their impressive Africa Nations Championship (Chan) pre-tournament friendlies to get into their heads.
The Eagles rounded off their camping exercise in South Africa by defeating fellow 2016 Chan participants the Ivory Coast 1-0 to end their preparations without any defeat.
They had earlier played a 1-1 draw with Angola and defeated South African Premier League Soccer side, University of Pretoria 3-0.
Gyang feels the team should not be carried away by the results as they head out to Rwanda for the fourth edition of the Chan which starts this weekend.
“I’m sure they already know this but I just want to advise them that they should not allow the results of the friendlies mean anything to them,” he told supersport.com.
“This can be very dangerous. They must be prepared because friendlies are very different from real match situations.
“Pride is the beginning of the downfall of many footballers but I’m sure the coaches would have told them that already.”
The winger, who is on the radar of Kano Pillars and Nasarawa United after an impressive showing with Giwa FC last season, also revealed that he is sure the team will do well at the tournament.
“I’m positive the team will do well. They have very young and talented players who are full of energy who want to do well,” Gyang enthused.
“I know a lot of them, Bature Yaro is close to me and Chris Madaki is my teammate at Giwa FC. The players want to do well and I’m sure they will.
“They just need to stick together and do what they know how to do best but most importantly, they should listen to their coaches. If they can do that, the trophy will come home.”
Nigeria are in Group C of the tournament alongside Tunisia, Guinea and Niger.
The Super Eagles will start their campaign against Niger on Monday, January 18 at the Stade Regionale Nyamirambo in Kigali.