The Super Eagles players and officials have vowed to keep the winning streak going when they play Sudan in their second group match tomorrow in Garoua.
The Augustine Eguavoen-led Super Eagles presently lead Group D with three points, while Sudan, Guinea Bissau, and Egypt’s Pharaohs have none.
Nigerian players are confident of advancing to the round of 16 if they defeat Sudan tomorrow. After the team’s training session, coach Eguavoen assured reporters that they approached every game as if it were a cup final.
Salisu Yusuf, his assistant, considers the Sudanese to be stronger and more physically challenging than the Egyptians.
Salisu is optimistic that the Super Eagles’ mentality, devotion, energy, and urgency demonstrated in the first encounter will be recreated in tomorrow’s battle.
Captain Ahmed Musa, for one, pledged that they would not rest on their shoulders because the road to the championship is still long and complicated, with many challenges to conquer.
Furthermore, Coach Eguavoen admits he’s faced with a “sweet problem” of how to start three of his top players, Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.
Eguavoen started the match against Egypt with Simon and Chukwueze on the flanks prior to bringing in Ejuke to substitute for Chukwueze on the right wing. This was due to the fact that Simon was so good that he couldn’t consider removing him for Ejuke.
Speaking on his team selection, Eguavoen said:
Eguavoen had reasons for Sadiq Umar, who has been condemned by certain experts following his performance against Egypt.