New Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has stated that Nigeria has no choice than to win her next Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania next month.
According to a statement from the Communications Department of the Nigeria Football Federation Communications department, Oliseh will next week return to the country from his overseas travels to officially kick-start preparations for the crucial tie against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on Saturday September 5.
Currently in the United Kingdom with his assistant, Jean Francois Loscuito, Oliseh is understood to be having meetings with senior Nigerian internationals in that country, including the likes of Victor Moses and Mikel Obi whom he went to watch at the Community Shield match at the Wemblet Stadium.
The Coach told nff.com that the Tanzania clash is crucial and will be treated with all seriousness.
“The match in Dar es Salaam is very, very crucial, not only because it will be my first match as Head Coach, but also because we have no choice than to win. The three points are important for us to keep up the tempo in our group,” Oliseh stated.
He added: “We are on the same three points with Egypt, though they have scored a goal more. That is why we cannot afford any slip along the way. We will deal first with the match in Tanzania, and then we will start thinking about the CHAN qualifiers with Burkina Faso in October, and then the World Cup qualifying fixture in November. There is a lot of work. After these matches, we will now start working towards the two AFCON qualifying matches we have with the Pharaohs in March next year.”
The Super Eagles started their AFCON qualification quest on a sound note; beating Chad 2-0 in Kaduna, the three-time African champions will hope to beat Tanzania also at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Saturday, 5th September before filing out in international friendly few days later.