By Johnny Edward: Al Khartoum Watani’s Nigerian manager, Emmanuel Amuneke, has warned that the Home Super Eagles risk failure to reach CHAN 2018 final if they don’t improve in scoring in their semi-final clash with Sudan,
The Home Eagles led by Salisu Yusuf on Sunday reached the semi-finals of the competition coming from a goal down to beat Angola 2-1 after squandering several scoring chances during the game.
Gabriel Okechukwu secured a semi-final berth for Nigeria in the tournament with solo effort in the second half of extra time after Anthony Okpotu had restored parity for Nigeria in the stoppage time.
“The Sudanese side was more physical in their approach to the game and we all saw how they stifled the Zambians’ creativity and that was enough for them to emerge winners in their quarter-final game,” Amuneke told CSN.
“So many chances were squandered by the Eagles despite the two goals they scored. But if they are going to make it to the final, all chances should be utilised. We were lucky against Angola.’
Amuneke also added that he will be supporting the home-based Super Eagles when they file out against Sudan on Wednesday despite his new affinity with Sudanese side, Al Khartoum Watani.
“I’m a Nigerian and I hope they win, but that won’t change or add anything. Both teams must show hunger and desire to win on Wednesday.”
Nigeria will take on Sudan in one of the semi-final games in Marrakech on Wednesday while hosts, Morocco will face Libya who defeated Congo 3-5 on penalties after they ended it 1-1 after extra time.