Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo has called on fans to avoid creating a tense atmosphere for Guinea’s visit to Abuja on Saturday.
The two nations meet in a crucial Africa Cup of Nations 2012 qualifier in the Nigerian capital, with both side playing for their spot in next year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Yobo has been a consummate leader for the team throughout their qualifying campaign and scored the opening goal in their 2-0 win over Madagascar in Antananarivo last month.
And now the Fenerbahce defender has called on his countrymen to get behind the team as they prepare for the final push.
“I do respect Guinea as a good team but I don’t have any fears. This is football and that is why we need our fans behind us,” Yobo told MTNFootball.com.
“(We) don’t need the stadium packed up and people booing us and singing the usual ‘all we are saying give us more goals.”
“We only need one goal to go to the Nations Cup and the fans have to understand this. The most important thing is for us to go out there and play with our whole heart and come out with the three points.”
The Super Eagles need a win in order to topple Group B leaders Guinea and ensure automatic qualification for next year’s tournament.