Cairo - Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong said the shock 2-0 group stage
defeat by Madagascar was providing extra motivation for the team ahead
of Saturday's clash with defending Africa Cup of Nations champions
The Super Eagles won their first two games in Alexandria but were
surprisingly pipped to top spot in Group B by newcomers Madagascar after
an underwhelming display in their final match.
"Everyone was upset about the last game against Madagascar so I think
everyone has that extra motivation. It's do or die because we know we
have to do everything to stay in the tournament," Troost-Ekong told
reporters on Friday ahead of the last-16 tie.
"It's going to be a tough game against Cameroon. We faced them in the
2018 World Cup qualifiers and they might be out for revenge so we have
to be ready for them."
The Udinese centre-back started the opening 1-0 victory over Burundi
and was recalled for the Madagascar game, having sat out the 1-0 win
over Guinea that secured qualification for the knockout phase.
"We've been in this situation before when we've lost games when we
might have been favourites beforehand. The same thing happened at home
versus South Africa at the start of qualifying. Games like that happen,"
"I think everyone now has woken up from that game. I don’t think
anyone was satisfied from that performance. So we have to be very driven
to show Nigeria and Africa that we feel otherwise. If you need
motivation for this game you're probably not in the right mindset. We're
going to be very eager to prove a point."