FLYING EAGLES PLOT SOUTH AFRICA'S FALL
Flying Eagles' coach, John Obuh has said his wards are confident of victory in Friday's 2013 AYC qualifier against the Amajita of South Africa. The first fixture, final round for the 2013 AYC ticket race comes up at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The Nigerians were held to 1-1 draw by their Beninoise opposition at the weekend in Cotonou in an international warm-up match heading to the Friday's duel.
Eagles had shoved aside the Ngorogoro Heroes of Tanzania last month at the llorin Township Stadium to pave the way for the grudge encounter.
The last time both sides met at the Cape Town invitational tournament saw the South Africans emerged victorious. Obuh said the South Africans will not be twice lucky over their Nigerian counterparts. 'We're looking forward to a better game that will put smile on the faces of Nigerians as well as put us on the pedestal of defending what we won previously.
We won't leave any stone unturned towards ensuring that we win massive and comfortably so as to make the return leg easy. Sure, the players are fit, fitness was paramount in our preparations for the match. Of course, we understand that without fitness, you can't play well nor achieve your aim.
'We've done our homework well, there is no injury worry, at least, for now. We pray for luck, supports and prayers of Nigerians.
The game won't be easy but we're determined not to falter again to the South Africans. We're not meeting them for the first time, I've played them about three times, we just lost one. We're not solely banking on past records for them to have beaten Congo means they're side to be reckoned with. The players are in good shape and roaring to go.'