By Adeboye Amosu in Kigali:
Home-based Super Eagles midfielder, Ifeanyi Matthew, insists the players must strive to win back the support of the fans by putting up a good performance in next month's 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Egypt, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Matthew and his colleagues have come under severe criticism for their shoddy display at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda which saw them exit the competition in the first round.
But the El-kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri player is confident they can regain the love and trust of the fans with a good display against the Pharaohs.
"It's painful the way things went for us in Rwanda. We know how passionate Nigerians are when it comes to supporting the team, but unfortunately for us, we couldn't do them proud, " the former junior international told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We have another chance to correct what happened at CHAN against Egypt and we will give our all to make sure we beat them.
"The Nations Cup is a big competition and we cannot afford to disappoint the fans again."