“We’re one of the best teams, not only in Africa but in the world, and we have to start showing why we’re so rated by ensuring that we beat them comprehensively. It’s not going to be easy but we’re certain we’ll overrun them no matter their antics,” says Nigeria’s Super Eagles Coach Shuaibu Amodu
“In Tunis (for the first match), we played cautiously because we were not quite sure of their potentials. We had the best chance of the game but Michael Eneramo missed it. This won’t be the case in Abuja.”
The Super Eagles, who are ranked 34th best team in the world, took a point off Group Two leaders Tunisia in June courtesy of a goalless draw. It was the 16th clash between the two countries since their first match in 1961.
Of these duels, seven of them have been World Cup qualifiers, with the North Africans winning thrice while Nigeria won two and two other games were drawn.
A home victory on Sunday will install the Super Eagles as new group leaders as they would then have recorded eight points from four matches, while Tunisia will slip in the standings with seven points.
Almeria midfielder Kalu Uche said he expects a tougher match-up than when the two teams clashed in June at the November 7 Stadium in Rades, near Tunis.
“I expect a tougher match on Sunday. this will not be like the first match in Tunis. We are condemned to win, it’s victory or nothing for us,” Uche informed Goal.com.
Skipper Nwankwo Kanu said, “We have the players, we have the pedigree to get the three points. The fans should be patient and give us their full support.”
“It will be tough but Nigeria have the edge as they will be playing before their fans.
That will lift the team to victory,” added former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba, who was on target for the Super Eagles when they defeated the North Africans 4-2 on the opening day of the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations in Lagos.
Samm Audu, Goal.com