LAGOS - Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who fled to England after his parents were killed in sectarian riots, hopes to crown his debut at the Africa Cup of Nations by helping Nigeria win the trophy.
Moses has come a long way since his father and mother were slain in northern
Nigerian city Kaduna, forcing him to abandon his homeland at the age of 11 and
begin a new life in a strange environment.
"Wherever they are, they should be proud of me," Moses, 22, told British
media last year when he remembered his parents, Austin, a Christian pastor in
Kaduna, and mother, Josephine.
On the tournament in South Africa, he said: "I am confident of a good outing
in South Africa," he says of the three-week African football showcase to be
staged at five of the 10 stadiums used for the 2010 World Cup.
"We have prepared well and, having missed the last tournament, wish to make
Nigerians proud by the end of this one," said Moses.
"This is my first Africa Cup of Nations and I want to make it a memorable
"I want to play in every match, score when the opportunity presents itself
and help players in good positions to also score. When all these things happen,
the supporters can be sure that we are going to bring back the trophy."
Nigeria have won the tournament twice with their last triumph being in
Tunisia 19 years ago. Few would argue against a third victory now that Moses has
proven to a valuable addition.
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