Abuja, Nigeria – (African Boulevard News) – As the U17 Africa Cup of Nations heats up, Nigerian team Captain Precious Williams has reminded fans not to count on Nigeria to automatically lift the title. Ahead of Nigeria’s match with Zambia this afternoon in Stade Chahid Hamlaoui, Algeria, the Eaglets captain had an urgent message for fans and pundits who may be getting ahead of themselves.
“We appreciate the support we have been getting from everyone, but we want to remind everyone that no team should be underrated or overrated in this competition,” said Williams. “We know that we are a strong team, but every game is different, and anything can happen in football. So, we just want to take it one game at a time and continue to work hard to achieve our goals.”
Williams’ warning comes after the Nigerian team started the tournament on a high note, gaining a resounding 5-1 victory over Tanzania. Despite this impressive performance, the captain is determined not to let the team’s guard down.
“Our focus is on the game against Zambia,” he stressed. “We know that they are a tough team and we will give them the respect that they deserve. We have to play well to win this game and keep our hopes alive in the tournament.”
Nigeria has a rich history in the U17 Africa Cup of Nations, winning the competition five times since its inception in 1995. The Golden Eaglets are highly respected in the international football community, with many expecting them to lift the title once again. However, Williams’ message is a reminder that the team cannot afford to get complacent and must remain focused on the task at hand.
“We are not underestimating anyone,” he said. “We will take every match seriously, and we will fight hard to win. We are representing our country, and we want to do them proud. So, we will give our all on the field and let the results speak for themselves.”
The Eaglets captain’s words will be ringing in the ears of Nigerian fans as they watch their team take on Zambia this afternoon. With Williams’ message of caution, the team will be hoping to avoid any potential upsets and continue their quest for glory in the tournament.