Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, is confident the home-based national team will emerge victors in Saturday’s 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) first leg final round match against the Etalons of Burkina Faso at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Yusuf who will take charge of the game in the absence of head coach Sunday Oliseh believes his the team be more motivate to win for their coach who is expected to be in the stands.
Yusuf said: “The players are ready and so far their responses in our test games have been impressive,” he told Completesportsnigeria.com after the test game against Shekarau Babes. The coach remains in charge because he will be in the stands.
“Right now we do not believe there is a small team anymore in the continent so we will accord Burkina Faso their due respect on and off the pitch.
“We have secured their under-23 team tapes at the just concluded All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, to give us an idea of what to expect from their CHAN team.
“Our target is to win convincingly in Port Harcourt to make the reverse fixture in Ouagadougou in a fortnight a mere formality.”
According to a tweet on the official handle of the Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh is ill and won’t be on the bench for the games.
“Owing to ill health,coach @SundayOOliseh won’t be available for Saturday’s CHAN qualifier vs Burkina Faso.He joins the team on Sunday,” the tweet reads.
The second leg will take place in Ouagadougou on October 25.