| 15°C Dublin

Gekas lacks vuvuzela va-va-voom

Greece striker Theofanis Gekas is calling for the vuvuzelas to be banned by the World Cup organisers.

The Eintrackt Frankfurt player was irritated by the noisein their opening game against South Korea, which they lost 2-0, and, speaking ahead of the crucial match with Nigeria at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, he said: "I do think the trumpets should be stopped. They are affecting the players as we cannot communicate properly."

Gekas, who top scored in the qualifiers with 10 goals, insists he is not feeling the pressure even though Greece have failed to find the target in four appearances in the finals.

He said: "It will be a difficult game as both sides had a bad result in the first match. We need to correct our mistakes. I have no plans for a celebration if I score. But I will celebrate if we win."

Meanwhile, Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu has promised to run until he drops for Nigeria, who opened with a narrow 1-0 loss by Argentina.

He is also determined to get on the scoresheet in South Africa. "I give everything I have when I pull on the shirt of my country and I will keep on doing it until I fall down."

Yakubu is delighted to be in the squad alongside Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu.

He said: "Being here, and with a legend like Kanu as a team-mate, I can remember what it felt like to be a boy and dream."

Greece v Nigeria live rte2/bbc1 (ko 3.30)


Privacy