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Reuben urges team mates to beat Lone Stars

08 October 2012, 15:12

Lagos, Oct. 8, 2012 (NAN) Gabriel Reuben, a Super Eagles midfielder, on Monday said that his utmost desire was for the team to prevail over the Lone Stars in the second leg of the 2013 AFCON qualifier.

Reuben told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on telephone that in spite of his injury, which would rule him out of the encounter, the country’s qualification was more important.

NAN reports that Reuben also missed out in the first leg encounter because of the nagging injury, where the Eagles were forced to a 2-2 draw by the Lone Stars in Monrovia.

The mid-fielder, who bemoaned his prolonged absence from the team, at such a crucial time; urged his colleagues to get the job done.

"Most importantly, my prayer is for the team to qualify for the AFCON because I know it is what Nigerians desire most.

"We missed out from the last edition, and we can’t afford to miss out from the next one; that is why I am keen to see the Eagles qualify.’’

Reuben told NAN that he was unperturbed by the invitation of foreign based players, adding that he still had a lot to learn from them.

"I’m not worried about the invitation of some of our foreign based colleagues, because they’ve all been there before me and they have better exposure and experience.

"They are players I respect a lot and when it comes to handling such crucial matches, I believe they have what it takes to cope with the pressure.”

The mid-fielder acknowledged the boundless support given to him by Coach Stephen Keshi and commended his fatherly disposition to all the players in the team.

 "Keshi is like a father to all, he always encourages us.  I’m happy that he has shown me that I’m important to the team.

"Such an encouragement in the face of adversity gives me belief as a player, and I hope and pray I recover from this injury soon,’’ he said.



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