Nigeria’s Super Eagles team B otherwise known as home-based players have expressed their readiness to go all out to grab all three points when they face their Burkina Faso counterparts in the first leg of CHAN qualifier in Port Harcourt today.
After finishing third at the last continental championship meant for players that ply their trade within their country of origin, Sunday Oliseh-tutored side hoping to pick their second consecutive CHAN ticket concluded their training yesterday before assistant coaches Salisu Yusuf and Jean Francoise picked the final 18 players out the 24 earlier invited to camp two weeks ago.
Media officer of the team Toyin Ibitoye who spoke via telephone conversation early yesterday said the players are braced for the task ahead with Oliseh still absent.
According to him, “The team is prepared to take on Burkina Faso during the qualifier. The coaches have drilled them and from the way they are responding and improving by the day, victory is assured.
“There have been a number of friendly matches already played by the team to keep players in shape ahead of Saturday game. Newly promoted Nigeria National League, NNL side Shekarau Babes became the team that tested Super Eagles.
“And the game ended 3-1 in favour of Eagles. Chisom Chikatara and Tunde Adeniji got the goals. So, I don’t think there is any need to worry on whether the team has the capacity to deliver.”
On why Oliseh is yet to join the team after double friendly ties in Belgium earlier this week, Ibitoye confirmed “The head coach is a bit under the weather and we expect him to re-join us on Sunday before the second leg match in Burkina Faso in a fortnight. His assistants have what it takes to get the players deliver.
“Coach Salisu for instance has requisite experience especially when it comes to handling local-based player. He has won federation cup with Enyimba and almost won the league with El Kanemi Warriors two seasons ago.”


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