Liverpool of England midfielder, Naby Keita is leading Guinea’s charge for victory against the Super Eagles, as he says Syli Nationale will give everything to win their second group match at the Africa Cup of Nations.
An opening day shock 2-2 draw with debuting Madagascar put Guinea under threat of reaching the round of 16, as Nigeria made good of the first game in Group B by defeating Burundi 1-0 at the same venue, but Keita believes his side will rise to the occasion on Wednesday.
The former RB Leipzig of Germany whiz-kid, however, admitted that his team will have to change their approach for the second Group B fixture against Nigeria, who would reach the round of 16 early at AFCON 2019 if they get another victory on Wednesday.
Guinea were almost beaten in their opening game against Madagascar on Saturday, but they rallied strong to get a share of the points in a 2-2 draw, after Girondins-Bordeaux of France striker, Francois Kamano hit a penalty kick home in the 66th minute.
Keita was introduced into that game off the bench in the 62nd minute, as he went on for his first competitive game since suffering an injury in action for Liverpool against Barcelona of Spain in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League on May 1.
He has now hinted at the approach his side will adopt in order to stop the Super Eagles on Wednesday, with a terse verdict that Syli Nationale will have to be strong, aggressive, determined and always be fully on the attack, as they need to avoid giving any opportunities to the opposition.
Keita said: ”I think we have to play forward and we have to try to play with aggression. In this kind of tournament, do not give the opportunity to the opponent.”