Super Eagles goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai has boasted that they can beat the Elephants from Cote D’ Ivoire in Monday’s friendly, saying there is ‘nothing special’ about the Ivoiriens.
The Kano Pillars shot-stopper is expected to feature in at least one of the friendly games, but is already setting his sights at playing against the star-studded Ivoirien side and says he and his teammates have nothing to be afraid of, because according to him, the Elephants aren’t anything special.
“We cannot be afraid of them, why should we? There is nothing special about them, they are human beings just the way we are and they are footballers just like us, so why should we be scared?” he asked rhetorically.”
“We know they have good players and they are going to the Africa Cup of Nations but that doesn’t mean we should be scared. They, as well as us, will start with eleven men so it’s the same thing, no difference.”
With captain of the team, Chigozie Agbim expected to start the game, Afelokhai says he hopes to also feature since it is only a friendly.
“Chigozie is the captain and naturally he should begin, but ultimately, it’s the decision of the coach. Even if I don’t, I still hope to play since it is a friendly. But it will also be good if I start,” he added.
Afelokhai was voted the best goalkeeper in the 2014 Nigeria Professional Football League, after helping Kano Pillars to their third league title in a row.