Kaduna - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has warned Nigerians against unnecessarily underestimating Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier opponent, Chad.
The 'Big Boss', reacting to suggestions he has called up a strong squad for an 'ordinary' Chadian team, says the Central Africans should not be looked down upon, and must be shown respect.
"I've heard people talk over the last few days how we could have used Enyimba or Shooting Stars or the U23's to play Chad and the what nots," he said to News24 Nigeria.
"They make it look so simple but I played against Chad when I was the coach of Mali back in 2008, and I can tell you how strong they were.
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"Most of their players were playing at home then, but now they also have players who play in France, Belgium, Morocco and Algeria and they won't be as easy as people think.
"And that is why we are preparing so hard like we would prepare for any other game.
"We have to be focused and prepare for them the way we would do for France and or Brazil. It's not going to be a walk in the park.
"They will give us a challenge because they are coming here to get points and we have to figure out how to stop that.
"I agree they're not the most popular team on the continent, but if we give them a chance, they sure will be," the 53-year old said.
The game comes up at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on June 13.
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