The Flying Eagles on Tuesday said they were prepared to lock horns with Tanzania in the first leg of the qualifying series for the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC).
The team’s Head Coach, Manu Garba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the main bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos that the players were fully focused on the match.
NAN reports that the second round qualifying match would hold on May 10 in Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.
Garba said that the team would do everything within their capability to ensure a victorious outing in the qualifiers.
He added that once the first leg ended in their favour, the return leg in Nigeria would be a mere formality.
“We have trained so hard for this match and won’t stop training till we meet them at both away and home because that is the only way we can come out victorious.
“Efforts are not just on their physically fitness but also on their psyche and emotions because they are all working together.
“A player needs to be stable in these forms so as to be productive and we are doing just that,’’ he said.
He, however, said that it was unfortunate that Isaac Success one of his key players, could not make it for the first leg encounter because of the injury he suffered while playing for his club.
“Also Kelechi Iheanacho will be absent because he is still representing his club in the current season and hopefully they would be at the return leg,’’ he said.
The head coach told NAN that the team would not be deterred by any form of inclement weather.
“We all know that Nigerian players are accustomed to any condition and have the ability to survive any condition.
“Be it hot or cold, we are prepared to play in it and I assure Nigerians that we will make it,’’ he said.
Garba also said that the players had trained on different types of pitches and would not find it difficult to adapt to any type of pitch the Tanzanians would want to take them to.
“We have trained on natural grass and Astroturf. We have trained the players to play on different surfaces, so none of it will be a challenge to them when they get to Tanzania.
“We are not taking any chances, so, we are equipping ourselves very well for the task ahead,’’ he added.