The Home Eagles have a chance qualifying for the quarter finals of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN later today provided they can soar above their Tunisian counterparts in Friday’s Group C clash billed for the Kigali Stadium.
Though the Eagles started their campaign in Rwanda on a blistering note with the 4-1 demolition of their West African neighbors, the Mena of Niger, a much tougher clash is expected today against the Tunisians who on their part were held to a 2-2 draw by Guinea on match day one.
There are mounting expectations on Coach Sunday Oliseh and his boys to deliver against the North Africans who are desperate to catch up if not overtake Nigeria after Friday’s clash.
It is not sure if the Nigeria coach will hand Chisom Chikatara who was the hero for the Eagles in the game against Niger a starter’s shirt or he will stick with the largely ineffective Sunshine Stars forward, Tunde Adeniji.
What is however sure is that Coach Oliseh craves for improvement from his team after starting out with a bang against the Mena.
“It’s a very good start and we want to build on that. I believe we can do better and the team will keep improving. I want the fans to continue praying for the team to do well” Oliseh declared.
On their part, Tunisia are expected to be more cautious in their approach to Friday’s contest as they really rue the points they dropped against Guinea after allowing the West Africans into the game with a late equaliser.
Akaichi scored twice for Tunisia and looked a threat going forward and he will be the man to count on when Nigeria come calling on Friday.
The Tunisia Coach Hatem Missaoui is talking tough as he firmly declares that his team have no reason to fear the rampaging Eagles.
“We cannot be afraid of Nigeria. If we are afraid of them, there is no need to play the game. They played well against Niger, but we too have a good team too.”He said
Interestingly, Tunisia have a better head-to-head record in matches against Nigeria at full international level.
In 17 meetings, Nigeria have won only five of those games while losing six and drawing five to give Tunisia a statistical edge over the Super Eagle going into Friday’s game.
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa,Olufemi Thomas,Okiemute Odah
Defenders: Austin Oboroakpo, Kalu Orji Okagbue, Jamiu Alimi, Matthew Etim Chima Akas, Stephen Eze, Christopher Madaki Maichibi,Samson Gbadebo
Midfielders: Ifeanyi Matthew, Paul Onobi,Usman Mohammed,Yaro Bature, Bartholomew Ibenegbu,Ibrahim Attah Salawu
Attackers: Osas Okoro,Ezekiel Bassey,Tunde Adeniji,Bright Onyedikachi, Chisom Chikatara, Prince Aggreh
Goalkeepers; Ali Jemal, Mohamed Zied Jebali, Rami Jeridi
Defenders; Ali Maaloul, Ali Mechan, Derbali Zied, Iheb Mbarki, Marouane Tej, Mathlouthi Hamza, Slimane Kchok, Zied Boughattas
Midfielders; Abdelkader Oueslati, Ahmed Khalil, Karim Aouadhi, Meriah Yassine, Mohamed Ali Monser, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor
Strikers; Ahmed Akaichi, Ahmed Hosni, Edem Rjaibi, Essifi Hichem, Saad Bguir, Seifeddin Jaziri