By Sab Osuji:
Nigeria U-20 national team, Flying Eagles coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has revealed his team's preparedness for the final qualification battle for the 2017 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan, stressing the Sudanese will not stop his team's ambition to participate in the finals slated for 2017 in Zambia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The first leg of the final qualifiers has been slated for Omdurma, Sudan, July 8. The return leg match comes up in Nigeria two weeks later.
"Our journey (to Zambia 2017) is in the hands of God," the former FC Barcelona winger told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"As human beings, we can only work hard to be able to do our best in every single game with the utmost desire to win and qualify for the 2017 CAF U-20 Nations Cup in Zambia.
"No doubt, Sudan could offer a stiff resistance. That means we have to be mindful of the fact the game will be tough because it is the last qualification game but I think we have all it takes to win and go through," the Golden Eaglets FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach at Chile 2015 said.
Amuneke, whose late strike earned Nigeria the gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games following a 3-2 win over Argentina is positively looking towards the July 8 clash without any information about the Sudanese.
"Sudan did not play any before reaching this stage of the qualification race.
"All their previous rounds opponents withdrew from the race so it is difficult getting any real dossier on them.
"But then, we have to work hard and prepare very well for the game because not getting any information about your opponent prior to a game can only inspire you to work harder", the 1994 Super Eagles AFCON winning squad member in Tunisia said to Completesportsnigeria.com.