Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said victory over France tomorrow for a place in the last eight of the 2014 World Cup is “non-negotiable”.
“I said before the tournament that our mentality must be strong. Our approach to every match has always been the same: to win,” Keshi restated.
“Whether we are playing against Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup or playing against Liberia in a friendly match, I always tell the boys that victory is non–negotiable.
“For us, we will go into Monday’s match aiming to win. But as I also said before the competition, we take it one match at a time.
“We don’t even want to think of who might be lurking in the quarter finals if we win; we are not bothered. All we know is that we must win on Monday.”
African champions Nigeria are the apparent underdogs in Monday’s round of 16 battle in Brasilia.