Yobo Gives Excuses For Poor Performance Against Burkina Faso.

Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has revealed that he played part of Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso with an ankle injury.

Yobo and his colleagues in the defence could not prevent Alain Traore from scoring an injury-time equalizer to cancel out Emmanuel Emenike’s first-half opener as Yobo limped through to the end.

“My coach has said it before that football is a contact sport and no player is 100 per cent fit. I tried to make a block while they were shooting at goal and I twisted my ankle a little bit,” the Fenerbahce defender explains. “But I couldn’t see myself coming out; I had to give everything. It’s not that bad because I can walk right now. The next game is very important and hopefully I’ll be out there and ready for the match.”

Yobo is confident he and his teammates will prevent a possible first-round exit by getting a win against Zambia on Friday.

He added: “Hopefully in the second game we’ll pick up. It’s going to be very difficult. We respect them and they know we’re coming good as well. It’s going to be a tough game because both teams need a result.

“We did very well against Burkina Faso but were unlucky not to win. We lost key points to virtually the last kick of the game. The fans and the media saw that we played well. Now we have to show character, put it behind us and come back stronger.

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