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Football | Nigeria

Super Eagles jet out to Conakry



Nigeria’s Super Eagles will jet out for Conakry on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday’s crunch Africa Nations qualifier against Guinea.

Confirming this to SuperSport.com, Coach of the team, Austin Eguavoen said his players are ready for the challenge despite the mental torture they had to endure in the past week.

“It was really hard for the boys, training day in day out and not knowing whether or not the match would be played at all,” he said.

“I am delighted I had to work with fantastic professionals who knew they had to stick to the task. Otherwise, it would have been very hard for us all.

“Despite the suffering we had to endure, the lads have assured that they will give their best in the game as they all know what is at stake,” he said.

The Guineans are expected to be at full strength with Kamil Zayate (Hull City), Pascal Feidouno (Al Nassr) and Kaba Diawara (Arles Avignon) all expected to start on Sunday.

The Eagles, however, are not at full strength as three key men, Osaze Odemwingie(West Bromwich Albion), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea) and Dickson Etuhu (Fulham) are all set to miss the tie.

Eguavoen is not losing sleep though.

No doubt, those three (players) are invaluable members of this team but I have capable replacements. Nigerians should rest easy and I am assuring them that we will do our best to put smiles on their faces on Sunday,” he concluded.

Nigeria currently lies in second place in group B of the 2012 Afrca Nations Cup qualifying race behind Guinea. The Super Eagles won 2-0 in their first game against Madagascar on September 4, while the Syli Nationale thrashed Ethiopia 4-1 in Adis Ababa on the same weekend to put their noses in front.

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