By Ime Bassey
Assistant Coach of U-23 Eagles, Stanley Eguma has disclosed that the Dream Team will approach today’s must win second leg Olympic qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania with the sole aim scoring an early goal.
Speaking from the team’s camp in the Ancient City of Benin, Eguma said the players invited to replace the injured ones are good enough to fill-in their shoes.
“We want to approach the match cautiously, endeavouring that we get an early goal. Early goal matters in a game like this, because it helps to boost the morale of the players’ psyche. I believe with the caliber of players in camp, we can achieve this on match day. For the players who an injured, we have good replacement for them in the team, all we have to do before the game, is to harness them together as a unit,” Eguma said.
He continued by saying, “We are preparing very well, knowing that our opponents have an edge over us because of their one goal advantage from the 1st leg in Dar es Salaam. We know it is going to be a very tough match for us, so we are not relenting in making sure that no stone is left on turned. The players are cooperating with the plans we have on ground to execute the game. They know that they have to redeem their image having lost the first leg 1-0,” he stressed.
He pointed out that “Nigeria cannot afford to miss the Olympics. The Olympic Games is an avenue with which Nigeria puts herself in the world map. We are working very hard to beat the Tanzanians come Saturday so we can advance into the next round.”
The Dolphin boss commended the Edo State Governor for her unflinching support for the team, “The Edo State Government has done well for us, most especially, the Governor of the State, Adams Oshiomhole. He has given us all we need.
We are being kept in one of the finest hotels in the City. I believe their support will continue until our collective goal of qualifying for the next round is achieved,” Eguma added.