Ezenwa: No backing-down on ‘Operation Do Nigeria Proud’ - FCNaija

Super Eagles By: Ambrose Udeme | 27/01/2018

Nigeria home-based Super Eagles skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa says all hands are on deck to actualise the team's 2018 CHAN 'Operation Do Nigeria Proud' as they get set for the crunch quarter-final tie against Angola on Sunday.

Angola played out a barren draw against Congo in a Group D clash on Wednesday in Agadir to finish second and set-up a quarter-final showdown with the Super Eagles who finished top of Group C with ahead of Libya.

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Ezenwa while receiving Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports Chief Obinna Ogba and NFF President Amaju Pinnick to the Eagles camp said: "It is a privilege to be here to represent Nigeria. From our first day in camp we spoke to ourselves and decided on the slogan, ‘Operation Do Nigeria Proud.’

"We are very focused and determined and our approach is to take it one at a time. We want to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for his interest in our success.

"We will continue to work hard to ensure that we present this CHAN trophy to him in Nigeria. We also want to say a big thank you to the Sports Minister, our lawmakers and the NFF president for all that they have done and are still doing for us."

A victory for the Eagles will see them have a shot at equalling or surpassing their CHAN record of a bronze medal finish - a record which was achieved by the late Stephen Keshi led side in 2014.