Ahead of the draws of the qualifying fixtures of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be conducted in Libreville, Gabon on Thursday, Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, Imama Amapakabo has said that Nigeria won’t fret over any opponent it gets in the first round.
The Eagles have failed to qualify for the last two tournaments, a situation which could pitch the three-time African champions against a tough opposition in the preliminary round of the qualifiers, but the former junior international says the team is ready to face any opponent.
“We don’t have to fret no matter the opposition we get in the first round. We have so much going for us right now, the right atmosphere with the kind of results the team is churning in at the moment, the set of players available for selection and the confidence the team is exuding after a great start in the World Cup qualifiers. It sure won’t matter which team we face first in the Nations Cup qualifier; don’t forget we didn’t qualify for the last two editions so Nigerians won’t take any excuse again. We must be ready”, Imama told aoifootball.com exclusively.
The draw for the qualifying series of the Africa Nations Championship will also be conducted and the Home-based Eagles will be handled by the duo of Salisu Yusuf and Amapakabo, and the Rangers Coach says though there are names for places in the CHAN Eagles team on their minds already, the selection of the team will be done when the league season takes gear.
“Yes, the formulation of the CHAN team needs to be done early but the league must start first and then we will see players that are consistent performers and those whose names we already have pencilled down”, he concluded.
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