By Rachael Ugiagbe

Abia Warriors captain Austin Obaroakpo is confident that the home-based Super Eagles will defeat Burkina Faso and qualify for next year’s African Nations Championship [CHAN] in Rwanda.

Obaroakpo also described his full debut for the National team as great and honour after the first leg 2-0 win against the Les Etalons at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt over the weekend.


“Honestly it feels very great and I am very happy knowing fully well it was my first full debut for the national team and the whole country was watching me”, said Obaroakpo, whose previous action for the national team was a three minute appearance in the friendly against Cameroon in Belgium about a week ago.

“I feel honoured being among the chosen ones to represent the country and the whole country watching you. It was a good opportunity and I knew I had to use it very well but you know I just can’t describe the feeling. I feel great”.

Nasarawa United’s Yaro Bature got the ball rolling for Nigeria on the 24th minute before team captain and Warri Wolves’ hitman Gbolaham Salami converted from the spot in the 77th minute after Enyimba’s Ezekiel Bassey was fouled in the box, to seal the win for the hosts.

However, the central defender admitted that the ticket is not firmly secured despite the 2-0 win, that they are expecting a tougher test away in Ouagaduoguo in the return leg.

“We are expecting a very difficult game because will play at home and in front of their fans who will be cheering them up, it not going to be an easy game at all but we are ready and we are going to keep training and preparing for the game. Our target is to go there and win, we can’t rely on a draw,” Obaroakpo revealed.

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