Fitness key in Eagles’ tie v Sudan

Former Golden Eaglets coach Alphonsus Dike says the Super Eagles Chan team must be 100 percent fit to overcome their Sudanese opponents, the Falcons of Jediane, in the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco.

The Eagles will confront the East Africans in Wednesday’s Chan semifinals clash at the 45 000-seater Grand Stade de Marrakech.

The West Africans overcame stubborn Angolan side Palancas Negras 2-1 in the quarterfinals in Tangier while the Sudanese overpowered the championship favourites, the Chipolopolo of Zambia, 1-0 in Agadir to pave the way for the last-four clash.

Dike said the handlers of the Eagles must strive to work on the players’ shooting accuracy to ensure that every chance is maximally used.

“Sudanese live in a high altitude area; they are distance runners with a lot of stamina and they have the speed.

“They are physical too, which have been quite helpful in their past matches.

“The Super Eagles must be 100 percent fit to withstand the Sudanese in the semifinals clash on Wednesday.

“Skill and technique are quite important at this stage of the championship.

“The Eagles can only underrate their opponents at their own peril.

“It’s an advantage for the Eagles to have moved to the semifinals stage of the championship.

“It’s taken for granted that they are more composed now than at the start of the championship.

“We noticed that the Eagles created chances in the past matches, but finishing has been a problem.

“Accuracy has often let the side down, especially in the group matches and the quarterfinals clash against Angola.

“Accurate shooting is key to be able to convert the numerous chances coming their way.

“I must congratulate the Eagles for getting to the semifinals of the championship, but they must do more work on accuracy to overcome the Sudanese.

“I have confidence they will win against Sudan, but it will not come on a golden platter,” the former Enugu Rangers and Heartland manager told

The winners of the Nigeria versus Sudan clash will confront the winners between hosts Morocco and Libya in the final.


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