26 January 2016

Rwanda/Equatorial Guinea: Guinea Standing Between Nigeria and Last 8 Berth

Photo: Sam Ngendahimana/The New Times
2016 Rwanda CHAN: Tunisia midfielder Muhamed Ben Amor battles with Nigeria defender Stephen Eze at Kigali Regional Stadium.

Kigali — On four points, sitting at the summit of Group D at the on going 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Rwanda, Nigeria's Super Eagles will walk onto the pitch at the Umuganda Stadium, Rubavu against Guinea this afternoon seeking only a draw to make it to the last eaight.

But in Guinea, Nigeria take on a side that has drawn their last two matches against Tunisia and Niger with an identical score line, 2-2.

Both teams boast a similar style of play, which involves beautiful play from defense and holding onto possession. The only difference between the two sides is that Nigeria create more goal scoring chances.

"I know we only need a point but Guinea are coming to play for a win which makes the whole situation tough," Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh told Daily Monitor on Sunday before his team left Kigali for Rubavu. "But we are here to give our best and make Nigerians back home happy, we shall go into the game to play for a chance to make the last eight."

Chikatara effect

Despite conceding two goals, Nigeria have managed five goals in their two matches so far, four of those having been scored by Elvis Chisom Chikatara, and Oliseh hopes the young striker can continue with his promising run.

"He (Chikatara) has not disappointed if the last two games are anything to go by. And much as we are counting on him, we don't want him to carry the weight of the team alone," Oliseh added.

Guinea have scored four and let in as many, something that bothers their coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura.

"We have been trying to improve our defence, we are making so many mistakes and at this level it's not acceptable. We have addressed all issues and I hope it reflects in our performance against Nigeria," added Bangoura.

Tunisia will also face Niger for a last eight slot in Nyamirambo. Both teams have two points each.

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