The Super Eagles are not scared of playing Africa Cup of Nations-bound Cote d’ Ivoire in their Abu Dhabi international friendly match stand-in coach Daniel Amokachi has said Amokachi whose home-based Super Eagles opened training camp in Abuja on Tuesday said the boys he has assembled are capable of holding their own against any side on the continent, stressing that they would not fear the Ivorians.
“We shall play Cote d’ Ivoire with respect but not fear,” the former Nigeria striker told Complete Sports. “It is going to be 11 players either side so I don’t see why they should develop cold feet because the Ivorians boast of top, top quality players. We shall give them a good game.
“All the boys need to do is to play their game and forget the names the opponents will parade. My boys will not play under any pressure because there is nothing at stake. But that is not saying that we shall fall without a fight.”
Amokachi who assisted Stephen Keshi to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa said the Eagles will try to shock the Ivorians to prove a point before rounding off the tour with the game against Sudan.
He said the game against Sudan will be tougher because they are made up of mostly home-based players, adding that the Eagles will try to maximise the benefit of the double header friendly matches in Abu Dhabi by playing well.
He commended the NFF for packaging the friendly games, adding that the experience and exposure from thesesgames will help in the development of the home-based Eagles.