FC Midtjylland of Denmark striker, Paul Ebere Onuachu has confessed that he was over excited to get his debut in the Africa Cup of Nations, which he admits affected his performance in Nigeria’s 1-0 win against Burundi, and he ended up getting replaced in the second half.
However, rather than feel slighted that the man who replaced him, Odion Jude Ighalo went on to score Nigeria’s lone goal in Saturday’s game, Onuachu went on to acknowledge how great he feels playing in the midst of the Super Eagles’ array of stars, and promised to put up a better performance in their next game against Guinea, on Wednesday.
While Onuachu admitted the game at Alexandria Stadium was tougher than he expected, Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo and back to form Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi admitted The Swallows made things difficult for the Eagles.
Akpeyi and Omeruo admitted that were relieved that the Eagles secured three points with Ighalo’s goal, four minutes after he replaced Onuachu, who is now eager to make amends against Guinea in midweek.
Onuachu stated: “It was a good experience for me, I am playing in AFCON for the first time.
“It’s a great moment for me, but I was too excited for the game. I’m so happy to among this great class of players.”
Omeruo said : ”We knew it was a difficult game before the start of the game. They have nothing to lose.
“They played middle of the pitch and tried for counter attacks. I am glad that we could come out with the three points.
“I have been here for a while, I know how it goes, I want to take every game as it comes, make sure every game is better than the last one.”
Akpeyi added: ”I am just picking it up gradually, if I get another opportunity, fine.
The most important thing is the victory and that’s what I want to talk about.
”They are a tough nut to crack, you might look at it that they are coming for the first time in the Nations Cup but they have good players.
“They curtailed our team. They did very well but we are lucky to come away with the three points.”