Raheem Lawal : Namibia Will Pay For Peru Loss
Posted: May 25, 2012
Atletico Belares of Spain midfielder, Raheem Lawal, has vowed that next foes, the Namibian national team, will bear the brunt of Super Eagles’ 1-0 loss to Peru when the two sides clash in one of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers that will take place in Calabar on June 3.
The former youth international is one the five foreign-based professionals invited for the preparatory game and he is also one of the few players in the Nigerian squad that can speak perfect Spanish language among the players paraded by coach Stephen Keshi in Lima on Thursday morning .
Lawal came on in the second half and was hailed by all, including the Peruvians, who watched the match for a solid display.
However, the talented player was of opinion that the encounter was a very balanced one, saying the difference between the two sides was that while the host with their galaxy of stars took one of the many chances that came their way, the Eagles wasted all the opportunities that could have helped them to get something positive out of the game. The Ilorin born midfielder declared that he was happy with the team’s overall display and thanked coach Stephen Keshi who gave him the chance to shine in Nigerian colours at the senior level.
“I will continue to offer myself in the service of Nigeria and surely, we will get better and better in next games,” he averred.
On his part, towering defence ace, Azubuike Egwueke, said he was disappointed by the loss to Peru, but noted that it was now in the past.
“The coach always told us to forget the past and focus on the future, and that is why I want to forget this match and I promise that we will punish our next opponents, after playing so well but ended up losing in this encounter,” he said.
The Super Eagles are expected back in Lagos en-route Calabar on Saturday evening.
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