Eguavoen dreams victory over Liberia

Chief Coach of the National U-23 side, Austin Eguavoen has declared that the only thing on his mind ahead of this weekend’s second leg first round All Africa games qualifier against the Liberian U-23 side, is victory.

“The only thing I have on my mind is winning. I want win outright. That’s not to say we are under rating the Liberians. They are a good side but right now winning is all we are thinking of because the Liberian side is not a bad team that is why we need outright victory so as to qualify for the next round”

Eguavoen added “A lot of your colleagues (sporting press) have referred to the treatment we got in Monrovia asking if we would pay the Liberians back when they arrive Nigeria? And I say yes, but that revenge would be on the pitch because that’s how it should be.”

The Former Super Eagles Coach was however quick to warn his wards not to be over confident ahead of the Saturday game

“Like I have told my boys, we need to win this game convincingly. I have also told them to approach the game like it’s the first leg and there is no need to play a return leg and that means winning the game convincingly. Mind you that does not mean they should show complacency, we must remain focused until the final whistle.”

Meanwhile, all invited foreign based players are now in the ISNO Hotel camp of the team, following the arrival of Nnamdi Oduamadi (AC Milan) and Harmony Ikande (Extremadura –Spain) on Thursday.

Others are Nosa Igiebor (Lillestrom-Norway) Dimaku Tochukwu (Hapoel Acre -Israel) Dele Ajiboye (Pontevedra-Spain) Solomon Okpako (Panionios-Greece), Edet Ibok (Atletico Baleares-Spain) Uchechi Daniel (Leicester City – England), Ganiyu Oseni (Kieng Giang Vietnam).

Dinamo Tirana- of Albania defender Nurudeen Orelesi is ruled out of the encounter following his club’s refusal to release him.

The Technical crew on Friday Morning took the duo of Nnamdi and Harmony for a fitness session.

Liberia arrived Benin City with a 30 man contingent on Friday morning.

The Nigeria Liberia game kicks off by 4pm on Saturday, Nigerian time at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Monrovia. The winner from this two legged encounter will face Ghana for a ticket in the All African Games.
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