Kigali - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh says Niger
Republic are favourites ahead of the African Nations Championship Group C
opener between the two sides.
Nigeria will clash with West African neighbours Niger by 5pm
on Monday at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.
“I think Niger are very solid and very defensive. They fight
a lot so we are expecting a big fight tomorrow and as far as I am concerned,
the fact that most of their players are the ones who play with the so called A
team makes them favourites for this game,” he told supersport.com
Mousa Alzouma, Souley Salamoune and Souleymane Sakou Dela
are some of the players who play for the senior Niger side that are expected to
bring experience into Monday’s clash.
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“We have a very young team here which we are preparing for
the future,” Oliseh emphasized citing the absence of pressure in his side to
win the tournament despite being labeled pre-tournament favourites.
“We didn’t come here to lose but we are not obsessed with
winning. We came here to give our best and like I told the boys, go there play
“I don’t know when anybody made us favourites of winning it.
We have major leagues like the best league in Africa, Tunisia is here, the
Ivorians are here, teams that even stopped great nations like South Africa from
coming here like Angola that has a league that is extraordinary.”
“We are just rebuilding our league and the national team so
there is nothing pressurizing my players.”
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