CHAN 2014: Nigeria not favourite, Amokachi says

Amokachi cautioned Nigerians not to be too optimistic.

The Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, Daniel Amokachi, has said that the technical crew is struggling to put a team together after only three weeks in training camp.

Amokachi said the team would take the African Championship, CHAN 2014, game by game; saying the Eagles are not favourites for the competition.

The Super Eagles play their first game of the competition on Saturday evening against Mali.

At a pre-match press conference in Cape Town, the coach said, “We know we have young, talented players but at the same time it’s a team that is just three weeks old and it’s very difficult to have the players understand fully how we want them to play.”

“But we will take it game by game and hopefully if we get to February 1, we see how it goes.

“We don’t look at ourselves as favourites in this championship even though the continent as a whole sees us as favourites,” he added.

The Eagles’ coach said 2014 being a World Cup year, “we don’t want to give too much hope on Nigerians back home.”

Amokachi said the Nigerian team “lost a lot of players who we started with, some of them have moved to Europe. So, what we have now is 95% new talents we picked from across the country.

The competition is meant for players playing in their domestic leagues.

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