Lagos - Nigeria international Raheem Lawal still sees light at the end of the tunnel, despite what has been a largely disastrous Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
Lawal, who featured for the African champions during their 3-1 victory over Sudan in Abuja earlier this month, thinks that the Super Eagles will soar once again and certainly expects them to qualify for Africa's showpiece next year.
The next assignment for Nigeria is a trip to Pointe-Noire midway through November and there is very little doubt in Lawal's mind that his country will beat the Congo during that highly anticipated fixture.
The harsh reality is that the defending champions have little choice but to win that match.
"The game [against Congo] will be very tough but I can assure you that we will return home with a win," Lawal told Goal this week.
The one aspect of the Nigerian team which has been subject to intense scrutiny during the past few months is the level of commitment from the players.
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Lawal said that his desire to represent the country with distinction had not waned, despite all that has transpired during what has been a tumultuous period for Nigerian football. He added that there was absolutely no reason for anybody else to doubt the commitment of the players.
"On a personal note, I'm looking forward to the game, and if I get an invite from the national team selectors, it will be business as usual as I'll be ready to spill my blood for the country's success," said Lawal.
"The Congolese are a very strong side and we won't underestimate them and if they could get a win in Nigeria, then I don't see anything stopping us from paying them back before their home fans."It doesn't matter where Congo will take us to, all that matters is a good win. We [Eagles] are aware of the importance of the game and we have no excuse to fail."
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