Nigeria Football Federation director of competitions, Sanusi Mohammed has declared that the NFF has full confidence on the home-based Eagles to win the CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN), beginning on January 11 in South Africa.
The Eagles under coach Stephen Keshi are making their debut and they are also under pressure to win the tournament just like the Super Eagles did in January 2013.
“Being the first time does not matter, because, Nigeria is going there to lift the trophy (because) we have the players that can do the country proud.
And we are not going there as spectators neither are we going there to give people points to assist them in winning the competition.
We are going there to fight and make sure that we do the country proud,” Mohammed said. He added that the absence of some of the key players would not affect the team because the coach had got replacements for them.
“I watched their training several times and some of the friendly matches they played. I saw a team that have significantly improved from the match they played in Port Harcourt and then the one they played against Kano Pillars.
The team have improved significantly, (but) the only problem is that some of the key players of the Super Eagles may not take part in the competition, players like Sunday Mba who has travelled out and (Mohammed) Gambo who has sustained injury.