Dike optimistic of eagles victory over Libya

Former Enugu Rangers manager, Alphonsus Dike has backed Nigeria’s Super Eagles Team B to edge the Libyan opposite, the Mediterranean Knights at the on-going 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.

Eagles will confront the North Africans in Friday’s Group C CHAN matchday 2 clash at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco.

The Nigerians played out an energy sapping 0-0 draw against the Amavubi of Rwanda in Tangier on Monday while the Libyans enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win against debutants, Equatorial Guinea.

Dike said Eagles must be natural and avoid anxiety that seemed to be the shortcomings in matchday 1 clash against the East Africans to subdue the Knights of Libya.

“Eagles showed lots of anxieties in their goalless draw against the Amavubi of Rwanda which aptly explained the barren draw in the clash.

“Eagles created chances in the encounter which means the team is good, a team is bad if they cannot create chances.

“The fact that they struggled for ball among themselves within the vital area of their opponents is a proof of anxiety.

“Everyone wants to score perhaps impress the coaches to chance inclusion in the 2018 Fifa World Cup squad.

“It becomes the duties of the coaches to calm the players down and remind them that the key is getting chances and scoring not who scores.

“Anxiety could have explained the number of balls that hit the woodwork in the match against Rwanda.

“The loopholes are correctable by the coaches and the team will be apt and shooting perfectly in other matches.

“I strongly believe that if the players could calm down, play their normal game they are certain to beat Libya on Friday.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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