CHAN: Libya Coach, Captain Eye Quarter-Final Spot With Victory Over Nigeria

CHAN: Libya Coach, Captain Eye Quarter-Final Spot With Victory Over Nigeria

By James Agberebi: Libya head coach Omar El Maryami and team captain Mohamed Nashnush have stated their target against the home-based Super Eagles of Nigeria in Friday’s Group C 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco is the three points.
Libya got their campaign at this year’s tournament off to a winning note after defeating Equatorial Guinea 3-0 on Monday.

The Home Eagles were held to a 0-0 draw by Rwanda in their first group game despite dominating most of the clash.

Speaking in Thursday’s press conference published ahead of the game, El Maryami posited that his knowledge of some Nigerian players will be to his team’s advantage.

“We’ve had a very good start to the competition. It’s was important to win the first match,”  El Maryami began.

“I would like to thank the local fans who supported us throughout the match against Equatorial Guinea. They motivated our players, who like such atmospheres in the stands.

“The match against Nigeria will be very difficult because Nigeria is a big name in African football. This is a very important game for us because victory will seal our qualification. We won the CHAN in 2014 and we want to replicate that performance.

“I have an idea about this Nigerian team after their first match against Rwanda. I even know some players like Anthony Okpotu, who had a stint with Libyan side, Al Ittihad. The players are ready, focused on the game and want to win.”

Nashnush however admitted that the game against Nigeria will be a different ball game compared to the tie with Equatorial Guinea.

The Libya captain said: “Our objective against Nigeria is the three points. Our first goal of winning the opening match has already been achieved. It will be more difficult because we are going to have a stronger opponent compared to Equatorial Guinea.

“We will approach all the games with the same state of mind and objective. We also want to stay in Tangiers for the quarter-final to avoid a trip to another venue. I don’t know much about this Nigerian team.”