Osas Okoro – CHAN Eagles defender

Both the CHAN Eagles and Group C leaders Libya have said they are gunning for victory when both teams clash this evening in Tangier in continuation of 2018 CHAN in Morocco.

The Mediterranean Knights of Libya were easy 3-0 winners over debutants Equatorial Guinea on Monday, while Nigeria were held to a scoreless draw by Rwanda.

The 2014 CHAN champions have been bullish about their chances against Nigeria today.

Coach Omar El Maryami, whose contract is tied to the performance of his team in this competition, admitted it will be a tough game but they hope to win so as to qualify for the quarterfinals.

“The match against Nigeria will be very difficult because Nigeria is a big name in African football,” he said.

“This is a very important game for us because victory will seal our qualification.

“We won the CHAN in 2014 and we want to replicate that performance.

“I have an idea about this Nigerian team after their first match against Rwanda. I even know some players like Anthony Okpotu, who had a stint with Libyan side, Al Ittihad.

“The players are ready, focused on the game and want to win.”

Captain Mohamed Nashnush said they target maximum points against the Eagles.

“Our objective against Nigeria is the three points,” he declared.

“Our first goal – winning the opening match has already been achieved. It will be more difficult because we are going to have a stronger opponent compared to Equatorial Guinea.

“We will approach all the games with the same state of mind and objective.

“We also want to stay in Tangier for the quarter-final to avoid a trip to another venue.”

Libya star striker Saleh Taher, who scored twice on Monday, has been passed fit for the match after he failed to complete a training session leading to the game.

Stephen Eze (left) in aerial battle vs Rwanda

Nigeria said they have put behind a frustrating draw with Equatorial Guinea and hope to make amends with a win today.

Coach Salisu Yusuf said: “We have to win against Libya to regain our confidence. And for that, we must dare and create opportunities to score.

“Given our performance against Rwanda, I am optimistic we can beat this Libyan team.”

Goalkeeper and skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa shared the optimism of his coach.

“We are aiming for victory to have a better chance of qualifying to the next round,” he said.

“We are here in Morocco representing the 180 million Nigerians, we will try to do our best to honour them and make them happy.

“We have forgotten about the draw against Rwanda and we feel no pressure. I can even assure you that we have adapted to the weather conditions. It’s not a problem anymore.”

Coach Salisu Yusuf is expected to ring a couple of chances in his starting XI as the Eagles aim to get their CHAN campaign back on track.

Kick-off time is 5.30pm.


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