Eagles must convert chances against Sudan – Dike

Former heartland coach Alphonsus Dike says the Super Eagles Chan team must be 100 percent fit to overcome their Sudanese opponents, the Falcons of Jediane, in the African Nations Championship (Chan) in Morocco.

The Eagles will confront the East Africans in Wednesday’s Chan semifinals clash at the 45 000-seater Grand Stade de Marrakech.

The West Africans overcame stubborn Angolan side Palancas Negras 2-1 in the quarterfinals in Tangier while the Sudanese overpowered the championship favourites, the Chipolopolo of Zambia, 1-0 in Agadir to pave the way for the last-four clash.

Dike said the handlers of the Eagles must strive to work on the players’ shooting accuracy to ensure that every chance is maximally used.

“Sudanese live in a high altitude area; they are distance runners with a lot of stamina and they have the speed.

“They are physical too, which have been quite helpful in their past matches.

“The Super Eagles must be 100 percent fit to withstand the Sudanese in the semifinals clash on Wednesday.

“Skill and technique are quite important at this stage of the championship.

“The Eagles can only underrate their opponents at their own peril.

“It’s an advantage for the Eagles to have moved to the semifinals stage of the championship.

“It’s taken for granted that they are more composed now than at the start of the championship.

“We noticed that the Eagles created chances in the past matches, but finishing has been a problem.

“I have confidence they will win against Sudan, but it will not come on a golden platter,” the former Enugu Rangers  manager told supersport.com.

The winners of the Nigeria versus Sudan clash will confront the winners between hosts Morocco and Libya in the final.


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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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