By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles defender Jamiu Alimi is confident the Home Eagles will surpass their debut feat in fort-coming Championship for African Nations to be held in Rwanda.
The home Eagles finished third in the competition in 2014 under former coach, Stephen Keshi, and the Shooting Stars defender who is one of the players expected to make their debut in the competition is banking on the team's collective will to succeed in Rwanda.
"No big names here. We just want to make names for ourselves and that will also make us do the extra and fight for each other to win the championship."
"We are not here to make up the numbers and I believe we can go a step further in this competition by getting to the final," Alimi told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Alimi who is expected to partner Austin Oboarapko in the heart of the Eagles defence also added that the arrival of coach Sunday Oliseh in their Pretoria camp has further boosted the confidence of the players.
"Also the fact that the coach was already here before us has boosted the team further."
The Home Eagles arrived in South Africa on Saturday, and will play two pre-tournament friendlies against Angola and Cote d’ Ivoire.
They are in group C along with Tunisia, Niger Republic and Guinea.