Amoebi admits Eagles now under pressure

Shola Ameobi

Super Eagles striker, Shola Ameobi says the team is now under pressure following their failure to amass maximum points against Iran in their opening game of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Nigeria drew 0-0 against Iran at a packed Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães, Curitiba.

Ameobi who came on as a second half substitute failed to inspire the African champions to an opening day win to an opening day win over the three-time Asian champions.

“We are all under pressure. However, it’s not just Nigeria that’s under pressure. Every team that’s hers for the World Cup is under pressure because it’s a big tournament-the biggest in the World so there’s always pressure,” Ameobi exclusively supersport.com.

Nigeria will now face Bosnia-Herzegovina in their second group game of the competition on Saturday with a loss almost certain to sound the death knell for the Super Eagles.

Ameobi believes “nothing has changed” as the players of the Nigeria team always had a mindset of going all out for a win against the Bosnians.

“The Bosnia game is a game we were always going to be looking to win anyways so nothing has changed,” he said.

The 32-year-old striker represented England 20 times at U21 level but is pleased to be representing the nation of his birth at the World Cup.

“It’s a very proud moment for moment for me. I am very proud to be here (in Brazil). Unfortunately, we could not get the win in that first game (against Iran).

“We have to look at the positives. Hopefully, we can move on to the next game where hopefully, we should have more attacking options.

“We need to learn how to break teams that set up negatively against us. Iran played with ten men behind the ball.

We have to stay true to good habits and hopefully, we get the rub of the green next time.

The fact that we didn’t win is a negative for us. At the end of the day, tournament is all about winning games. Trying to get out of this group, we have to stay positive and take the right mentality to the next game,” he said.