Sudan have pledged to turn the table against Nigeria in their African Cup of Nations, AFCON Group D cracker on Saturday.
Sudan coach Burhan Tia and team captain, Yasine Ahmed gave the determination of the Arab nation to take all three points from Nigeria despite the abundance of super stars in the Super Eagles line up.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the pair spoke at the pre-match conference on Friday.
Nigeria Super Eagles in the first match of the tournament beat seven time champions, Egypt by 1-0 while Sudan played a draw in its first match at the AFCON tournament holding in Cameroon.
Speaking on the team’s quest against Nigeria, Sudan coach said:
“We want to try and play football. We want everyone to enjoy watching us. The boys want to take something against Nigeria and we are determined to make things happen. We want to try to play football and the key thing for us is the three points at stake.”
“We have set objectives and we are ready to achieve it. We know that Nigeria is a great side. They are going to be looking in good shape and we have a great team also. Nigeria played against Egypt and they won. It’s a football game and Nigeria is a great team known worldwide. They have taken part in many competitions but I want to say that the team want to win.
“Nigeria have their own advantage, we know the team very well. This match is very crucial and we have mapped out strategies to get a positive result,” he said of the coming AFCON clash between Sudan and Nigeria.
Also speaking at the press conference, Sudan’s captain, Yasine Ahmed while noting the abundance of quality players in the Nigeria side said:
“It’s a very important game for us. We want to take points. They have top class players. They play in England, Spain, Italy and France. We want to compete and have a good game. It’s 50-50.”
“Many people expect us to lose. In football, anything can happen. We want to go out there and compete. We want to make our fans happy and that’s the aim going into Saturday’s game. This tournament is very important for every player. It’s one of the best tournaments in the world. Nigeria is a very good team. We want to win. We won’t focus on one player. We will play as a team and family. We train hard, we want to prove that many things have changed. We have a young team. We try to pass and build something. Nothing will change against Nigeria. For us this game is very important,” he said.