WE WON'T DARE 'WOUNDED' EAGLES - RWANDA'S COACH
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Newly appointed Rwanda national coach, Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, has described Nigeria's Super Eagles as wounded Lions, roaring for whom to devour as they prepare for 2013 Nations Cup qualifier next.
Sredojevic has sensationally said Nigeria would do everything possible to subdue Rwanda to redeem its battered image in African football, when the two countries file out in the series.
'Micho' was Monday unveiled as Rwanda coach on a long-term deal as a permanent replacement for Ghanaian Sellas Teteh, who quit in September.
Rwanda will host the Super Eagles in the first leg at a date in the first half of next year to be announced by CAF.
'Wounded Lions are usually the most dangerous,' Micho told MTNFootball.com in reference to the Super Eagles shocking failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup tournament.
'Nigeria did not go far and that is a big surprise for the Africa Cup of Nations, but now they will take care of things.'
However, 'Micho' said Rwanda would not just roll over and die against the Eagles.
'My only chance is to come up with the right tactics because any team in the world is beatable,' said the 42-year-old Serbian, who has coached SC Villa in Uganda, Ethiopian giants, Saint George, Orlando Pirates in South Africa, Young Africans in Tanzania and until recently, Sudanese club, Al Hilal.
'But still you have to be realistic. Nigeria is favourite but in football, underdogs are winning and we shall work hard to prepare for them.
'The most important thing is we exhaust all our abilities and give our best; testing ourselves, stretching up to the extreme limits that's my target and see whether it will be enough to cause a big upset.'
Meanwhile, Micho's capacity in meeting high-pressure knockout targets before that clash against the Super Eagles will be put to the test next week.
Rwanda face Eritrea away in Asmara on November 11, in a Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary knockout round first leg match. Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) yesterday named 'Micho' as head coach of its national team.
The 42-year old Serb replaces Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh, who resigned from the post last September after a string of poor results in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
No details of Micho's appointment were stated by FERWAFA on their official website.
According to FERWAFA, he will be assisted by locals, Jean Marie Ntagwabira and Eric Nshimiyimana with Ibrahim Mugisha serving as goalkeepers' trainer.
Micho's first assignment will be the 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifier against Eritrea next week in Asmara.
The Serbian is no stranger to African football having been working on the continent since 2001.
He has had stints with Villa SC (Uganda), Saint George (Ethiopia), Orlando Pirates (South Africa), Young Africans (Tanzania) and until recently, Al Hilal (Sudan).