by way of Joe Apu
Nigeria’s house Eagles are in for the struggle of their lives this weekend at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano as they are seeking for to overrun the Squirrels of Benin Republic in the 2d leg second round qualifying match for the finals of the CHAN 2018 billed for Kenya.
last weekend in Cotonou, the Benin Republic capital, the host set the panic button on Nigeria running with a shock 1-0 win at the Stade de l’Amitié courtesy of the Squirrels skipper, Seibou Mama who scored a late penalty that sealed the primary leg for the house crew.
nowadays in Kano, it’ll be the survival of the fittest as the Squirrels of Benin will try to prolong their lucky run over the home Eagles and e-book a ticket to Kenya.
educate Salisu Yusuf and his wards recognize the importance of this come across and will not wish to take the sport as a right. Yusuf who has been working assiduously since the team returned to camp will depend on striker Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatubosun and Thomas Zenke to convert possibilities from Osas Okoro and the wingers. He would even be hoping that defenders Stephen Eze, Chima Akas and Kalu Orji Okogbue and captain of the facet, goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa are living as much as their billings.
indubitably, the Squirrels would come out confident with a goal benefit to their merit and work in opposition to pulling a draw towards Nigeria as they hope to further punish Nigeria like used to be the case in 2010 when the house-based super Eagles failed to beat the Menas of neigbouring Niger Republic.
the sport had ended goalless and signaled the top of Nigeria’s second try to play within the Africa countries Championship (CHAN) for the reason that competitors used to be offered.
the home-based totally Eagles taken care of through ex-international, Daniel Amokachi, didn’t cancel their two-goal deficit because of terrible marksmanship during the period of the in shape.
meanwhile, attacking winger, Sikiru Olatunbosun says he’s assured the home-based totally tremendous Eagles will overcome the Squirrels of Benin Republic within the return fixture in Kano.
“despite the fact that the result did not mirror our efficiency in the match, we are grateful to God. It was once a slim loss so our ambition is still alive.
“we are all having a look ahead to the return leg. Going via what we did in Cotonou, i will be able to say confidently that we’d beat our opponents to pick out the ticket to the 2018 CHAN,” he stated.