–Ex-international says Nigeria can do it again
Former Super Eagles defender Austin Eguavoen has declared that history favours Nigeria to beat the Red Devils of Congo in Saturday’s 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Point Noire, having beaten them at home prior to the USA ’94 World Cup.
The Gombe United coach who spoke to Complete Sports yesterday said though it could be difficult to face the home team but Nigeria will still win the all important match.
Eguavoen who was part of the team that defeated the Congolese at home in 1992 said it was a difficult match but the players were determined with proper arrangement and full concentration to beat them right in front of their home fans.
“It was a great experience being part of the team that played Congo at home in Point Noire in 1992 and also returning home without being injured, it was great. We knew Congo to be difficult side before that match but we prepared for the and the administrators gave us all the support we needed but we the players knew what we wanted and we went for it”, says the former defender.
“The situation we are today calls for more support for the team and adequate preparation, the players should also be focused and show enough determination to win the away match.
Eguavoen who led the Super Eagles to 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt however warned both the players and officials to be well prepared to face the hostile home fans.
“I can only advise the players and the officials not to allow whatever the home team will do to them to distract their focus ahead of the match because I know that they will want to do everything to frustrate them.
Meanwhile, Complete Sports gathered that the team will return to Nigeria immediately after the match to begin preparation for the Wednesday’s game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the final round of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.