By Adeboye Amosu: Sudan assistant coach Burhaneldin Tia expects a tough battle against Nigeria in their African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-final fixture but is confident his side can scale through the hurdle, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Sudanese put up a convincing display to beat the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 in their quater-final game on Saturday.
Tia said that it will be a pleasure coming up against the highly-rated Nigerian team but revealed they have their set their sights on making the final.
“We have intensified preparations for the semi-final clash against Nigeria, right after beating Zambia at the quarters. We didn’t beat Zambia due to luck, but because we were better prepared and better team on the day,” Tia said during his pre-match interaction with the media on Tuesday ahead of the game.
“Nigeria is one of the giants of African football and it is always a pleasure to play against such a team. It will be a different game from the previous matches, but we will do our best to emerge victors and advance to the final.
“All the players are in good condition. The positive news is that we have a team of young players, who play collectively and are prepared to go all out to achieve the expected result.”
Sudan captain of the side, Mohamed Taher, also stated that they are keen to make it to the final even though he reckoned it will be difficult to beat the Home Eagles.
“We are determined to carry on with our impressive run at the tournament so far. Against Nigeria will be difficult, and for such games, you have to physically and psychologically ready,” he remarked.
“We are not under any form of pressure. However, we are determined to prove to all that we are not at the semi-finals by chance.”