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WE 'LL RATHER DIE THAN LOSE AGAINST KOREA - YOBO
« on: June 22, 2010, 07:17:06 AM »
We 'll rather die than lose against Korea - Yobo
By Kunle Solaja, Gbolahan Dada
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Eagles? skipper, Joseph Yobo, has promised that his team will lay down their lives on the Moses Mabhida Stadium pitch in Durban against South Korea in a crunch Group B match on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles are aiming to defy the record books and qualify for the knockout stage after losing to Argentina and Greece at the World Cup. They lost 0-1 to Argentina and 1-2 to 2004 European Champion, Greece.
No team in World Cup history has ever lost more than one group stage game and gone on to reach the next round, yet Yobo said he was sure the Eagles could now earn a place in the history books.

A single-goal victory in the team?s final match against South Korea and even a single-goal loss for Greece against the table-topping Argentina would see Nigeria through on goal difference.

"On Tuesday, everyone is ready to fight and die for the colour of the country," said the Everton?s defender.
"We now have a possible mission towards the next round.
"When we walked off that pitch against Greece, we thought it was all over but now there is a second chance for us.
"Many people insist it will be impossible but we have been written off several times during the qualifiers, yet we made it."
Nigeria left it late to qualify for the World Cup, with an 81st-minute winner against Kenya in the final qualifier seeing them through.

Yobo will not be deterred by a defensive crisis in which midfielder, Sani Kaita, is suspended as a result of his red card against Greece and both left backs, Taye Taiwo and Elderson Echiejile, are doubtful following injuries sustained during the match against Greeks.
"The odds are certainly not against us because this team can fight and die on the pitch against the Koreans," said Yobo.
"Even with our left-backs (Taye Taiwo and Elderson Echiejile) battling with injuries and Kaita ruled out, this has not dampened our confidence going into the final group game.

"For us we would have played today if we could. It has been the most frustrating few days ever for the team.
"You are hyped up for the World Cup and then perform like that. It's a final chance against South Korea, we are even lucky that we have a game to put it right."

Reports suggested players were even involved in a shouting match in the dressing room at the end of the Greece match but Yobo was quick to play it down.
"That is not true, we are all united in an effort to redeem our battered image out there and we want the fans to know we feel their disappointments.

In the build-up to the second Greece goal the captain was on the ground after a collision before Enyeama spilled Alexandros Tziolis's long-range shot into the path of Torosidis, who buried the chance in the 71st minute.
"I went blank and blurred under few seconds after the collision, I thought it was a foul but then the ball was at the back of the net, I felt bad but we have to move on now," he said.
The Super Eagles has come under severe criticism from the local media as well as aggrieved fans back home following defeats against Argentina and Greece.
But Yobo has called for support as he gears his side up to face a South Korean team also chasing a place in the next round.

"We've been hit by a lot of problems, we haven't taken our chances in front of goal, and we've come under severe criticisms and possibly, at times, rightly so.
"I think we should stop throwing blames or continue to live in the past. We need the support of the fans because there is still a lot to fight for.
"We say sorry to the fans, we know they are disappointed but we promise to show (on the pitch) that we can achieve success collectively."

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WE 'LL RATHER DIE THAN LOSE AGAINST KOREA - YOBO
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Re: WE 'LL RATHER DIE THAN LOSE AGAINST KOREA - YOBO
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 07:17:33 AM »
We 'll rather die than lose against Korea - Yobo
That's a hard one.

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Re: WE 'LL RATHER DIE THAN LOSE AGAINST KOREA - YOBO
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 10:29:40 AM »
Real hard one. Can a round leather be more important than one's life.

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