By Jacob Ajom
As the Super Eagles prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against their Tanzania counterparts this weekend, former Nigeria internationals have called on the team to ensure they attained victory over their hosts.
In a chat with Sports Vanguard in Lagos yesterday, 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner, Henry Nwosu said he was confident, the Super Eagles will come out of the encounter unscathed. “I expect nothing but victory,” but insisted, they must approach the match with caution. “My advice is that the coach should use the first 15 minutes to study the game before either applying the necessary pressure if need be. In as much as we want to beat them, we have to be very careful. As we are attacking we must also be ready to defend. It should be total football.”
Nwosu observed that there is no margin for error as group leaders, Egypt will be aiming to consolidate their position by scoring more goals against Chad. “We need this match because it is always very good to win away from home. It gives you a good feeling and a psychological advantage over your next opponents.”
In the same vein, former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe expressed confidence in the ability of Coach Sunday Oliseh in leading the Eagles to victory. “Oliseh must have been watching tapes of the Nigerian team and knows where the problem is. I expect he will take care of the problem areas before the match. I can’t see Tanzania posing any serious problem. But the Eagles must play for themselves, their coach and country. The challenge for them to go all out and write their names in gold,” Sofoluwe said.
On his part, former Super Eagles winger, Friday Elahor said the Eagles must play to give Sunday Oliseh a memorable debut outing. “They must not fail their coach. Although I am not comfortable with his choice of players, particularly, the manner he dropped Odion Ighalo, those selected to play must play well to vindicate him and ensure his confidence in them was not misplaced.”