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Amuneke Upbeat On Nigeria’s Chances In Burundi

Posted: May 18, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Amuneke, the national U-20 coach, is upbeat of his side’s chances of qualifying for the 2017 under-age African Cup of Nations billed for Zambia.

The Flying Eagles faces Burundi in the first leg, second qualifying round and the former Nigeria international believes that his youngsters would be ready for the arduous task in Bujumbura.

“We are preparing and have been working pretty hard for the match against Burundi,” Amuneke said.

“They (players) know what is expected of them and collectively as a team, we are looking forward to the match with optimism.

“Individually and collectively, we are doing everything in order to be on the same page and when we get to Burundi, we are going to give a very good account of ourselves as a team.”

The coach said that he had set both short and long term goals for the Flying Eagles, bearing in mind that the Nigerian side is the defending champion.

“I’m not under any pressure but our business now is qualification for the U-20 AFCON in Zambia,” he continued.

“I’m not going to discuss what I know about Burundi here but what I know is that we are going to face a formidable team; I’m confident we would be ready to play them in their home and when they come here for the return match.

“Though there are factors like high altitude as well as the timing of the match to deal with, we are preparing our players psychologically to be ready for these challenges,” he concluded.