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Aaron Samuel hopeful of a better start to AFCON qualifiers

03 June 2015, 11:16

Lagos - Super Eagles forward Aaron Samuel has posited they cannot afford another failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, ahead of their start to the qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with a home game against Chad next weekend.

The Guangzhou R&F of China forward says to avoid a repeat of the failure of the last qualifiers, they must start this series on a very good note.

"We have to start this time on a very good note," he said, "We have to start by winning because we didn't start well the last time and it really affected us.

"We cannot afford to make the same mistakes we made the last time so we have to improve.

"My teammates and I understand the challenges ahead and we must meet up to those challenges and surpass them," he said.

Also read: Keshi drops 18 home-based players ahead Chad clash

The 20-year old also added that missing out on the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea cost him a lot in his career, and wouldn't let that happen again.

"I always wanted to play at the Africa Cup of Nations and I thought I would be there the last time but it didn't happen and it cost me something," he said.

"I'm not going to let it happen again this time because I will put in a better effort to ensure we do better.

"It's not going to be easy and of course I cannot do it solely, but with the help of my teammates I believe it is an achievable task," he concluded.

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