CHAN 2018: Nigeria set to trounce Libya

Libya will face off with Nigeria in a 2018 African Nations Championship (Chan) Group C match at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco, on Friday.

Kick-off is at 6:30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

The Mediterranean Knights began the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Tangier on Monday.

As a result, Libya are sitting at the top of the Group C standings with three points from one game. They are two points above second-placed Nigeria.

Saleh Al Taher, who scored a brace against Equatorial Guinea, is the danger man for the Mediterranean Knights and he will be keen to inspire his side to another victory.

Libya coach Omar El Maryami is looking to mastermind the 2014 Chan champions’ second victory in Group C.

“The same focus we had preparing for Equatorial Guinea is what we will use for our next two opponents (Nigeria and Rwanda) because they are good sides,” Al-Maryami told the media after their first match.

“Also, we would work on sustaining pressure and not withdraw at some point like we saw on Monday (against Equatorial Guinea).”

Meanwhile, Nigeria were held to a 0-0 draw by a stubborn Rwanda side in their first game of the competition in Tangier on Monday.

The draw left the Super Eagles placed second on the Group C standings with one point from one game. They are only a point above fourth-placed Equatorial Guinea.

The player to watch out for in the Nigeria squad is Rabiu Ali, who scored twice for his nation at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf has stated that they are expecting a difficult game against Libya.

“We are expecting another tough game,” Yusuf said on New Telegraph Online.

“The Libyans did not only win their opening match, but played very well and will be more confident ahead of our match. However, with more effort from my strikers and by God’s grace we should get a positive result.” Backpage TXT