‘We must face Benin with the right mentality’, says Semi Ajayi

Semi Ajayi has stated that the Super Eagles will approach their next 2022 African Cup of Nations group qualification match against the Republic of Benin with the right mentality which is to win.

The versatile West Bromwich Albion defender has also insisted that he and his fellow Super Eagles team-mates will be looking to get the job done to reach the AFCON tournament proper on Saturday.

The Super Eagles are currently in camp in Lagos as the team is preparing for the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against both the Republic of Benin whom they meet this weekend and Lesotho.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian national team lead the Group L table of the Afcon qualifiers with eight points and victory over Benin or Lesotho will seal their place at the Afican continental tournament.

Ahead of the team’s first encounter with fellow West African side, Benin on Saturday, Ajayi who is currently deep in relegation waters with West Brom in the Premier League spoke to Complete Sports.

“In preparing for these up-coming two games against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho, we are looking to get the job done to finally qualify for the 2022 African Cup of Nations, the defender said.

“And to get over the line, I believe that it is very important for us to face the two matches with the right mentality and make sure that we get the job done once and for all,” Ajayi concluded.

Ajayi has also admitted that he looks to take his game to a higher level while on international duty with the Super Eagles and that he always want to come out victorious in every game he plays.

“Bringing my form from England to the Super Eagles is something I’ve always looked to do. If anything, I look to raise my game even more. Hopefully, I can help the team get over the line and finally qualify for the AFCON, that will be great.

“I’d say that when I am on the field, I’m very competitive, I’m very aggressive but my natural character is just a very laid-back and polite human being which is how I was raised by my parents.

“So, that’s why you see the two different contrasts because on the pitch there is no time to be polite, I want to win. It’s a great feeling to be in Lagos, I have a lot of family in Lagos so I feel at home here.

“I visit Lagos very often anyway so the fact that now I’m here with the Super Eagles for the camp is amazing and I’m looking forward to finally playing in front of the fans.”

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin

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