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Libya coach Amrouche scared stiff about Eagles challenge

Libya head coach, Abdel Amrouche, has openly expressed his fears of losing to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in next week’s Afcon 2019 qualifiers which has been scheduled for the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, as the two teams clash in a two-legged cracker in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group E matches later this month.

Amrouche stated that Nigeria’s Super Eagles will be hard to beat, when they clash in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on October 12.

“God willing, we will satisfy the Libyan public in the next game despite the difficulty,” Amrouche told the media at a press conference.

“Everyone is committed, and everyone answered the call to gather at the camp for players who are not associated with official matches with their clubs, we are waiting for the rest.”

According to Van Guard, Nigeria, the Algeria tactician added that only can God save his side when they take on the Super Eagles in Uyo.

The Super Eagles are set to start training for their first ever competitive game against Libya on Tuesday.

The players are expected to report at the Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort in Uyo latest Monday.

Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, says he is banking on the abundant pool of talents as well as the youthfulness of his team to triumph over Libya.

The two nations will clash in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers (Group E) later this month.

The German tactician is hopeful that the Super Eagles will get positive results against the Mediterranean Knights.

Rohr was speaking on New Telegraph Online ahead of the two encounters.

“We have two crucial games against Libya. It’s crucial that we get positive results over the two legs and try to qualify for the competition as early as possible,” Rohr said.

Watford’s 22-year-old striker Issac Success, Torino defender Ola Aina (21) and FC Porto’s Chidozie Awaziem (21) have all been included in the Super Eagles squad.

Nigeria will host Libya in Kaduna on October 12 and the return leg is set to be played in Sfax, Tunisia three days later.

“There are an abundant pool of players that I can choose from. Any of the invited players can get the job done as we enter the crucial bend of the qualification for AFCON,” he explained.

“The boys are hungry and youthful. That’s the major driving force that will propel the Super Eagles to the AFCON.”

Nigeria thrashed Seychelles 3-0 in their previous qualifier which was played in Victoria last month.

Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel midfielder, John Ugochukwu Ogu, has declared that the Super Eagles will target six points from their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Libya.

Nigeria will host Libya next Saturday, October 13 in Uyo, after which they play away in the reverse fixture on Tuesday, October 16, but Ogu says they will seek to win both matches.

The towering, left-footed midfield battler, fondly called ‘Suker’ by his pals, is eagerly looking forward to playing both matches, but footgballlive.ng learnt he is willing to follow whatever choices the coaches make.

Consequently, the 30-year-old Ogu, who made his debut for the Eagles against Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 23, 2013, is of a view that any player selected to don the green-and-white in Uyo and Sfax will take the charge on towards enacting six points from both games.

The former Academica de Coimbra of Portugal star declared emphatically that the Eagles are fully motivated to get six points from the two games.

”Nobody wants to joke with this game or any game in the national team. This is like a big game for us, we need to win both games so as to qualify for the Nations Cup.

“We want to be in the Nations Cup come next year, so we are looking forward to the game, everyone is in good shape I guess.

“For me, I can’t wait to step out onto the pitch if I am given the chance. We are all looking forward to this game, it’s really going to be a big game for us,” Ogu concluded.

Meanwhile, Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has shot his mind ahead of his expectations from joining the national camp on Monday, and says he and other players in the Super Eagles know that their impending double-fixtures against Libya are very decisive.

Ahead of next Saturday’s first leg at home in Uyo and the reverse fixture in Sfax, Tunisia on October 16, Ezenwa admitted in a chat with sports247.ng that both matches will determine Nigeria’s fate in qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

However, while admitting that both matches are very crucial for Nigeria’s hopes of reaching Cameroon 2019, and end a run of failing to reach AFCON in the past two editions, Ezenwa said all the Eagles players will be on their toes during training.

He parried suggestions that he will again play second fiddle behind new first choice keeper, Francis Odinaka Uzoho, as Ezenwa insists anyone the coaches pick to don the nation’s jerseys would live up to expectations.

Ezenwa said: “The double header against Libya in the race for the 2019 AFCON will to a large extent decide Nigeria’s qualification hopes.

“These are two matches we in the Super Eagles cannot afford to toy with, especially the first leg in Uyo. But I can assure you that all of us in the national team are fully focused on making things good for Nigeria and return to the Cup of Nations next year.”

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