Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has urged his players to go all out against the Pirates of Seychelles in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Nigeria will be away in Victoria, Seychelles on Saturday, needing a win to revive their hopes of making it to Cameroon next year.
They are third in the Group E standing after losing their opening game in the qualifying series to South Africa last year.
And Rohr has said his players know the importance of the game and must grab all three points at stake.
“Everyone realizes the importance of this match. We are currently number three in our group and that position does not befit Super Eagles of Nigeria,” Rohr told thenff.com.
“It is not good for us because it is outside the qualification range.
“The players know this. They know that on Saturday they have to show character to put our campaign back on track with a good result.”
He added that “We are not here on vacation. We are here for serious business.
“We have a young, ambitious team and Nigeria has a better pedigree in the game of football than Seychelles. But we must not underrate them in any way or take things for granted.
“The World Cup is behind us now, but we must allow the lessons we learnt in Russia to make us better and more efficient in our approach.
“The Cup of Nations is the focus now and we must get a good result on Saturday to get our campaign back, and then we can now look ahead with determination to win the remaining matches in our group to qualify easily for the championship.”
The other game of the group will see table toppers, the Greens of Libya take on South Africa.