Home-based Super Eagles coach Imama Amapakabo is confident as they intensify preparations for Saturday’s 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying second leg match with the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in Lagos, Completesports.com reports
The Amapakabo’s charges have been training at the FIFA Goal Project, Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja since returning from their campaign at the WAFU/FOX Cup of Nations in Senegal last week.
Amapakabo realizes that the Home Eagles have a mountain to climb, having lost the first leg in Lome 4-1 and then overwhelmed by the same team at the WAFU/FOX Cup of Nations in Thies, Senegal.
“We have a big job at hand, and I have been drumming it into the ears of the players that we cannot afford to fail. The Togolese won 4-1 on their home ground; nothing says we cannot do better on our own home ground,” Amapakabo told the NFF Media.
“We have to be focused and determined. We must create chances and put them away, because we cannot afford not to be at the African Nations Championship.”
Nigeria finished as first runner-up at the last edition of the African Nations Championship staged by Morocco early last year.
The winner over two legs between Nigeria and Togo will book a slot at the 6th African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals scheduled for Cameroon in June 2020.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed officials from Niger Republic to superintend the match, with Abdoulaye Rhissa Al-Mustapha as the centre referee.
His compatriots; Sadissou Idi, Abdoul Aziz Yacouba and Zakari Adamou Oumarou will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.
Mr. Alim Konate Aboubacar, from Cameroon, will serve as match commissioner.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.