Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is confident that Nigeria will beat Sudan on Saturday to remain on track for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco. Speaking at the media chat in Abuja on Wednesday, the Big Boss says he knows little about the Sudanese but well determined to beat them at their backyard.
What should Nigerians be expecting from the game against Sudan on Saturday?
What else should they be expecting than a good result? We are not expecting an easy game but we are determined to do well in Khartoum. We know the importance of the 3points and we will go for it.
How much do you know about the Sudanese team?
Not much other than what I saw in their games against Congo and South Africa. We have the video clips of these matches and we are working on them. The clips will no doubt help us to know the strength and weaknesses of their individual players and what the team can do.
Any Injury worries in the team now?
Apart from Michael Babatunde who has a little knock, I don’t have any injury concern. The players are in good health and raring to go.
Are the Super Eagles under pressure to beat Sudan?
No, the team is not under pressure to beat Sudan in Khartoum. Instead, the boys are really anxious to go to Khartoum and get a result then return home to finish the job. The team is focused and ready to do the right thing to win and get the Afcon ambition back on track.
They know the implication of not winning the two games against Sudan and they cannot afford to toy with it.
How would want the team to travel to Sudan?
I think the NFF are in a better position to answer that but I would have preferred we go to Sudan with a direct flight and not the commercial flight that will take us to South Africa or Ethiopia before connecting a flight to Khartoum.
Why is Ikechukwu Uche missing in this team?
Some four days to the release of the list for the game against South Africa, IK Uche’s name was there and the secretary Dayo was told to contact the players to know if they had their South African visa available, Uche’s response was terrible. He asked the Secretary why he wanted to know if he had South African visa which to me was not respectful.
I don’t want to talk about Ike Uche again. I have really had enough of him and I don’t want to talk about him again.
The match will be played by 8pm Sudan time; do you think the timing will affect the Eagles?
I think they have done us favour by not playing the game in hot afternoon sun. In the night, the heat should have reduced considerably to allow our boys to play. The artificial pitch will be there to our disadvantage but at night, I am sure it should have cooled down.