Brown Ideye: “Emenike and I can deliver trophy”

Brown Ideye: “Emenike and I can deliver trophy”

But the former France-based player expects a difficult match against Burkina Faso in Johannesburg on Sunday.

 Nigeria beat Mali 4-1 on Wednesday to set  up cup final against  the Stallions,  who sent out Ghana from the tournament  on penalties in the second semifinal . A win for the Eagles will see them ruling Africa again, having  won at home in 1980 and at Tunisia’ 94.

 Ideye, who scored the second  for the Eagles, told our correspondent that he had struck a good understanding with Emenike, who he described  as an “unselfish playmate”.

The former Ocean Boys star said, “Emenike is strong and understands being a partner to another striker.

“It’s rare to find a partner who understands the way you want a pass to come. We have only being together for a few weeks but there is great  understanding between us.

“He knows when to slow down the ball and keep it until there is someone to play with. A selfish partner can be frustrating but with him, you only need to be at the right place to get the right pass.”

 The 24-year-old added, “We have played  Burkina Faso in the group stage  and  we know  how they play. But they also understand our style too, so it’s going to be a difficult game.”

He praised the efforts of Mikel Obi in the tournament, saying the Chelsea midfielder’s performance had been inspirational.

Ideye said, “Mikel   works very hard, plays  for  the  team and helps even outside his position.

 “Coach (Stephen) Keshi likes players who work hard and play  to his plan.

 “I’ve played  at the back and in the midfield in this competition, especially when our opponents are threatening us.”

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