By Bamidele Boluwaji:
National U-23 Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has tipped Home Eagles as one of the favourites to win the 2016 Championship For African Nations (CHAN) billed to hold in Rwanda from January 16, Completesportsnigeria.com
The Home Eagles who are expected to depart South Africa on January 16 for the tournament played a 1-1 draw with Angola in a friendly match played on Wednesday ahead of the tournament.
Speaking from his base in the United States of America, Siasia said camping in South Africa will help the team to prepare well for the tournament.
While praising the coaches' efforts in preparing the players for the tournament, Siasia said Nigeria has the quality to win the tournament.
“Camping in South Africa will help the team because the players will be out of distraction and that will go a long way in helping the coaches and team concentrate on what to do,” the ex-Super Eagles coach toldCompletesportsnigeria.com .
"I think the coaches have been doing a lot since the camp started, and I can tell you that I believe so much in the team and sure that they will not disappoint," Siasia reiterated.
"The friendly matches they are playing should not be taken or seen as a win at all cost, but avenue for the coaches to put the team in proper shape ahead of the tournament.
"I believe in the ability of the players and their commitment. There are quality players in the team and I am sure that they will not disappoint in Rwanda.
Siasia however urged the players to ensure they remain focused and don’t underrate their opponents in Rwanda.
Nigeria will play Niger, Tunisia and Guinea in the first round of the tournament.