Nigeria’s Coach Salisu Yusuf and his counterpart Coach Antoine Hey of Rwanda are leaving no stone unturned as their teams prepare for the Group C opener at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
The coaches were speaking at a press conference inside the Stade Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangier, venue of the match which comes up on Monday evening at about 7.30pm local time (8.30pm Nigerian time).
Salisu Yusuf reiterated that his side is well prepared for the task ahead, and they have come to win in Morocco. “Before we left Nigeria, we didn’t have a target bit we believe that participating in any tournament is to win,- he said.
“We are very humble and we respect every team that has qualified to be here. The most important thing for us is to focus and see how we can qualify for the next round and move on from there.
“We want to do well and I believe we will do well, -Salisu concluded.
On his part, Captain of the Nigerian side, Ikechukwu Ezenwa noted that the team has fully acclimatize and have no cause to worry about the cold in Tangier.
“For me, the weather is not going to be a problem to us because we have been here for about five days and I can say that we are used to the condition, -Ezenwa said.
Rwandan Coach Antoine Hey stated that his side is ready to shock Nigeria when they file out for the match on Monday.
“For two weeks, I have been reading Nigerian newspapers to see what you are doing, planning, what the coaches, players and officials are saying. I think in the last ten days I have seen everybody from your team, he says.
“The goalkeeper coach, captain and the defender said we are going to beat Rwanda. I don’t know if this is confidence or arrogance we will see but I can tell you it is not going to be easy as everybody thinks in your country, we will be ready I hope you will be ready too.
The Rwandees have not had the best run of form and they look to put smiles on the faces of their fans back home by beating Nigeria and deal with the likes of
Libya and Equatorial Guinea who are also in Group C.