Nigeria’s under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles’ coach, Imama Amapakabo has shot a look ahead of his side’s upcoming match in the African qualifiers, and reckoned that they cannot afford to underrate their next opponents, Sudan.
Although Amapakabo stressed that he will outline the best training and preparations possible to ensure his side win both home and away on May 5 and 11, the ex-international goalkeeper admits it will not be easy.
Amapakabo recounted how Sudan stopped Nigeria from qualifying for the 2017 African U-20 Cup of Nations, when they beat Coach Emmanuel Amuneke’s Flying Eagles 3-2 in Lagos, despite settling for a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg.
The former handler of Rangers International of Enugu and El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri, however, reckons that the Olympic Eagles will not rest on their oars, as they aim to qualify for the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, which will hold November in Egypt.
Amapakabo stated: “We are not leaving any stone unturned in our efforts to qualify for the African championship and then the Olympics.
“We are not underrating our next opponents, because we remember how Sudan stopped Nigeria from going to the U-20 Nations Cup in 2017.
“We, the coaches and our players, will give everything we can to do well on the 5th and 11th, when we play Sudan in the qualifiers.”