– All players are in excellent physical and
mental shape for the cracker
– The Eagles need at least a draw to
– Guinea stopped Nigeria from reaching the
2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals
The Super Eagles are battle-ready to pick
all three points off Guinea’s Syli Nationale
on Tuesday January 26 in order to make
sure of top spot in Group C and guarantee
qualification for the quarter finals at the
4th African Nations Championship.
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Eagles wary of Guinea
On Sunday, the Eagles arrived in beautiful
border district of Rubavu, venue of their
clash with the Syli Nationale, after a three
–hour road trip from Rwanda’s capital,
Kigali. They are lodged at the Gorilla Hotel,
close to the Kivu Beach.
Home based Eagles captain Akas Chima
The team had its first training session in
Rubavu on Sunday, and on Monday, the
team had a feel of Tuesday’s match venue,
The Rubavu Stadium.
According to the team’s media officer,
Toyin Ibitoye, all 23 players who made the
trip are in excellent physical and mental
shape ahead of the crucial West African
derby with the ‘tricky’ Guineans.
Coach Sunday Oliseh praised the players for
their brave performance against the very
experienced Tunisian side on Friday and
promised that the team will put out another
high -level display on Tuesday.
Victory by any margin on Tuesday will
guarantee the Eagles top spot in Group C,
and a quarter –final date with the second –
placed team in Group D.
A draw would be enough for qualification,
as Nigeria has a two –point margin on
second –placed Guinea and Tunisia, but
should Tunisia achieve a high –score win
over Niger Republic, top spot may not be
Guinea have drawn each of their two
matches 2-2, against Tunisia and Niger
Republic, coming from behind each time.
They pose a big threat because of the skill
and guile of their strikers.
Nigeria forward Chisom Chikatara, on four
goals, will pose the biggest threat to the
Guineans at the Rubavu stadium. His
excellent positioning can get him the goals
to be top scorer of this championship.
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Caged Super Eagles
Super Eagles’ head coach, Sunday Oliseh,
was in the Nigerian squad that earned a
1998 FIFA World Cup ticket at the expense
of Syli Nationale.
The Guineans also stopped Nigeria reaching
the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals, when
drawing 2-2 with the Super Eagles in Abuja
in October 2011.