Captain of the Guinea Bissau national team, Jonas Azevedo Mendes has vowed to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria in today’s showdown.
The Nigerian national team has already qualified for the next round and the likes of Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, and Tyronne Ebuehi are set to make their first start at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
The stars will start when the Eagles take on Guinea-Bissau in their final Group D match on Wednesday January 19.
Fatih Karagumruk forward, Musa is expected to lead the Eagles out in what will be their 96th match in the history of the competition. The three-time African champions have recorded 52 wins drawn 22 and lost 21.
Iwobi and Ebuehi are expected to replace Samuel Chukwueze and Ola Aina in the starting line-up for the game against the Wild Dogs of Guinea-Bissau.
Jonas Azevedo Mendes has now vowed that they would rather ‘die’ than see themselves lose today’s match against the Super Eagles.
Mendes, who is the team’s first-choice goalkeeper said they will be out in full force to battle the Super Eagles for a victory.
Asked if there was any particular player in the Eagles team they were targeting, Mendes said, “we know Nigeria is a good team. It will be a mistake to target any particular player. We are facing all of them with equal attention,” he said.
Raised in Portugal, the goalkeeper has spent most of his playing career in the third tier of Portuguese football.