The Head Coach of Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, is confident his boys will scale the Guinea hurdle this afternoon as they take on their opponents in the final qualifying fixture, first leg due at the MKO Abiola National stadium in Abuja.
He said “I am satisfied that we have been able to work hard these past days and are now set for action. The players know that reaching the Africa Cup of Nations presents them a tremendous opportunity to fight hard for a ticket to the Olympics, which is a global tournament.
“We have invited a number of players from overseas that we believe can help us stake a very strong claim to the ticket, and we will be aiming for a good win on Wednesday (today).
“The second leg is on neutral ground, but we don’t want to entertain that in our minds. We have the objective of working assiduously to wrap up things in this first leg.”
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Olympic Eagles won all the available medals in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, taking the gold in Atlanta, USA in 1996 and the silver medal in Beijing, China in 2008. Eight years later, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they won the bronze.
The return leg of the Nigeria/Guinea has been scheduled for the Complexe Sportif Prince Heritier Moulay Al Hassan, on Tuesday, 28th March.