Rwanda skipper Eric Ndayishimiye is upbeat his team can beat Nigeria in today’s Group C clash of the 2018 African Nations Championship at the Grande Stade de Tangier, reports Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN).
Ndayishimiye says that he expects a difficult game against the West Africans, but insists that the Amavubi are battle ready for the encounter.
“We are facing a strong Nigerian team in our first group opening match. It’s a strong and good squad with rich football history and usually opening matches are always difficult,” the Rayon Sports goalkeeper said during the pre-match conference on Sunday night.
“However, we are very committed and ready for this crucial game. Our mission is to secure maximum points and I can guarantee you that everyone is ready for the battle.”
Head coach of the team, Antoine Hey also assures that they will go all out for a win in the game.
“First of all,y I would like to use this opportunity to thank the host country, Morocco and CAF for a top class organization so far. We are very happy with the reception we have received from the hosting country Morocco,” Hey stated during the interaction with the media.
“The accommodation, transportation, training fields, the stadiums, overall organization is outstanding. This is remarkable for the standard of this tournament and because of this, our focus in Rwanda was to use more or less young talented and gifted young players to give them an opportunity to show what talent they have and what they can do.
” For us, it is very exciting to be part of these 16 teams and we want to stay as long as possible,”
“We are placed in a strong group and we have four teams that I think each of these four teams can qualify to the quarters finals or get out of the tournament.
“Against Nigeria, it will not be so easy as every one in our opponent’s camp thinks, we are ready and I hope Nigeria is ready too,”
Libya and Equatorial Guinea will clash in the Group C game at the same venue.