From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Nigeria former international, Garba Lawal has expressed fears over the potential for the house-based tremendous Eagles withstanding the force from the Kano fanatics, when they tackle the Squirrels of Benin Republic within the second leg of the full 2018 African nations Championship CHAN qualifier tie this weekend.
the house-based totally Eagles at the weekend suffered a late minute defeat in the hands of their host, the Squirrels of Benin, within the first leg of the CHAN qualifier stumble upon, mounting pressure on themselves for the return leg clash scheduled for the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Lawal, who spoke to daily Sunsports on telephone from his Kaduna base the day gone by warned that the players should take the game out of reach from their touring Benin Republic counterpart within the first 15 to twenty minutes or be capable of incur the wrath of the Kano fanatics.
Urging the Nigeria football Federation (NFF) and the managers of the crew to deploy a psychologist to tune the players of what awaits them sooner than the Kano fanatics, he charged the gamers to means the game with successful mentality.
In his words: “Let me put it on file that all i do know about the fit and group have been what I received from the media. whatever the scenario, the group has 90 minutes to redeem the picture of the country. My advice to the gamers is to be determined, be psychologically and mentally prepared for the game.
“We should now not lose hope because the gamers nonetheless have second likelihood with the house in Kano. they must on the other hand take their possibilities and ensure that the visitors does now not make the sport difficult for them.
“They will have to hit the ground operating from the blast of the whistle and stop the guests from coming at us. they need to do the whole lot to seal the game within the first 15 minutes. If i have my way, i might advice the players not to drag the in shape too late without taking the game out of attain to the guests.
“on the other hand, my greatest worry is the ability of the present crop of gamers to play beneath power like we did all over our enjoying days. We withstood pressures and even do smartly under force. in truth, we were comeback specialists but it surely’s now not the same with the current Eagles players.”
“lots of them cannot play below pressure however they have got already succeeded in putting themselves below force. they would have buried the sport in Benin Republic instead of dealing with the Kano enthusiasts that will put them underneath more power.
“My worry is that taking part in half-hour with out impressing the enthusiasts with targets will spell doom for the crew. The fanatics are extra thinking about seeing outperform team play neatly. The workforce needs a psychologist to psyche them up on what to expect ahead of the large Kano lovers. I simply hope they will cope,” he mentioned.