Defending champions Nigeria currently occupy second spot in Group B having amassed three points from their opening two games.
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Nigeria must defeat group leaders South Africa who have one more point in Friday’s clash at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo to be sure of progress to the semifinals of the tournament which also doubles as qualifiers for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
A draw against South Africa will not even be good enough for Nigeria if Cote d’Ivoire (3pts) beat Zambia (1 pt) in the other Group B clash, and the former Enyimba defender is aware of that permutation.
“It will be a different ball game; South Africa game will be a different ball game,” the 20-year-old, who is on loan at Spanish second division side Almeria from Galatasaray, stressed.
“Like I said, we will take every game in a gradual process. As they come, we take every game like a final.
“The South Africa game; we’ll take it like a final. If we lose, we are out, if we win, we are in the tournament.”
The top three teams at the tournament, which is in its 3rd edition, will advance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.