Lagos - Nigeria may have been Africa's third best side in
the last edition of the competition in South Africa, but those are not
guarantees for reaching the 2016 finals.
Sunday Oliseh's men will require a first leg win in the
playoff against Burkina Faso to boost their chances of securing their spot in
Chasing a second consecutive appearance at the tournament,
the Super Eagles need a massive win at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port
Harcourt to keep their dreams alive with a return leg on October 24.
The Super Eagles will go into this fixture full of
confidence in search of a result that will have a significant impact on
Oliseh's hopes of leading his side to Rwanda next year.
Also read: Super Eagles, Burkina Faso now to play on Saturday
“In the African football circles, it's important that every
nation strives to go [to the CHAN tournament to test the readiness of their
home-based players for bigger assignments],” Super Eagles assistant coach Yusuf
Salisu told News24. “And Nigeria is no exception."
“It's one game at a time for us. We can't start talking
about our place in Rwanda. We are not there. We face a tough side over two legs
and we need good results over both legs.”
The Super Eagles defeated Shekarau Babes 3-1 in a warm-up
held at the Adokie Amiesiamaka Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Tunde Adeniji converted a first-half spot-kick to give the
domestic Eagles a 1 -0 lead while Abia Warriors marksman Chisom Chikatara
scored his second brace in six days in the second half.
Ahead of the African Nations Championship qualifier against
Burkina Faso, Enyimba midfielder Abdulrazak Aliyu has withdrawn from the squad
on account of injury, leaving only 24 players in camp.
For Burkina Faso goalkeeper Baillou Mohamed, he said, “our
coaches have taken pains to make us study our opponent (Nigeria) very well.”
“We respect them, but at the same time, we are a good team.
In Burkina Faso, everyone speaks about the 2016 tournament. We want to be
Yacouba Songne scored the only goal of the match on the 75th
minute as Burkina Faso CHAN 2016 team overcame Johnny McKinstry's Rwanda in a
The 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) will be staged
in Rwanda from January 16 through February 7.For
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