Nigeria’s Onyekachi Apam tells Afrik-news.com the Super Eagles are ready to take on anyone who stands in between the Nigerian team and the 2010 African Cup of Nations’ title.
Afrik-news.com: Onyekachi, did you hear about what happened to Togo?
Onyekachi Apam: Yes, of course. We are all in shock. We don’t understand what happened nor how it happened. All this for football... It’s awful. I don’t know what I would do if I had been in the Togolese shoes. But I can understand they don’t want to talk about football. Or even think about it... I think I’d go back home to family.
Afrik-news.com: How are the Super Eagles feeling?
Onyekachi Apam: We’re doing great. We’re ready, we’re fit. The pretraining went very well. We’re looking forward to the start of the African Cup of Nations.
Afrik-news.com: You face a tough first game against Egypt.
Onyekachi Apam: It will be difficult, that’s for sure. But, at that level, all the games are difficult. Egypt are the reigning champions, they play good football, it’ll be tough. But I can assure you: we’re ready! This is football, anything is possible!
Afrik-news.com: What is your objective for the tournament? Do you reckon Nigeria can go all the way?
Onyekachi Apam: Of course! Nigeria can and will go far. We want to win. We have quality players, we can do something. We want to. The squad has great potential and we work hard as a team. The training before the competitino went well.
Afrik-news.com: What would you say are Nigeria’s best assests?
Onyekachi Apam: We have the best team! (laughs) As I said, we have quality players all over the place: Taiwo and Yobo in the back, Obi Mikel and Olofinjana in the midfield and look at our forwards! Martins, Odemwingie, Kanu... They’re great players, they’re fast and they can score a lot from any position. I’m quite confident. We have a great team.
Afrik-news.com: You’re only 23 and already playing in your second African Cup of Nations. What does it represent for you?
Onyekachi Apam: It’s always a pleasure to represent my country. To play with the Nigerian shirt and defend the flag is a great honour.