Nigeria striker Shola Ameobi has stated that the Nigerian national team will give their best to ensure that they come out victorious in the first leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday.
The Newcastle forward, who is excited to finally turn out for his father's homeland, made his competitive debut for Nigeria in September's game against Malawi and has three caps to his name in total thus far.
Ameobi had previously represented England extensively at U21 level.
Following the approval of funds to ferry 200 supporters of the team to Ethiopia by Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, Ameobi believes that the African Champions will repay the nation by securing a strong victory against Ethiopia.
"We don't need any extra motivation whatsoever to beat Ethiopia," he was quoted by Goal.com.
"Every player in this squad knows the importance of being at the World Cup and I think that is the motivation we need to do our country proud."
Despite their status as favourites, however Ameobi urged a certain degree of caution and insisted that the match will not be easy.
"Everybody has tipped us to win the game but we must remember that Ethiopia are not pushovers. They topped their group like we topped ours and they want to be at the World Cup like we want. But we would go there and give our best for our country to ensure that the result is favourable."
Amoebi also backed himself to be fully fit for the match.
"I worked really hard to ensure that I’m fit for this game and I can tell you that I’m fully fit for the encounter. I am happy to be here," he added.
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