Nigerian top-flight legend, Victor Ezeji, is confident that the Super Eagles have the quality to defeat their Burkina Faso counterparts, the Stallions, over two legs in the Chan qualifier.
The Super Eagles play hosts to the Stallions in a first leg of the 2016 African Nations Championship (Chan) in Port Harcourt this Saturday, and Ezeji believes that the performance of some of the players in the Nigerian team in this season’s top division should pull them through.
“I am sure the boys know what is at stake in the games against Burkina Faso over two legs. I am confident the team have some of the best players in the league. So I am expecting them to make this count as they are ambassadors of the league and also of the country.
“I don’t have any doubt about this team qualifying ahead of Burkina Faso for the tournament proper. But they will have to work for it because every nation on the continent wants to beat Nigeria in any competitive game. So the players must give their best as the fans are looking up to them to qualify for the tournament,” said Ezeji, playing in his 20th top-flight and with Heartland.
The second leg of the Chan qualifier between Nigeria and Burkina Faso will take place on the weekend of October 23-25, and Ezeji believes “that by then the Super Eagles should have wrapped up the game.”
This is the second time, the Super Eagles are facing the Burkinabes in a Chan qualifying game in 2009.
The Nigerians won 4-1 on aggregate but were stopped from appearing in the first edition of the tournament when they lost 2-3 on aggregate to Ghana.
The last competitive grade-A game between the two countries was in the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa which Nigeria won by a goal to become African champions.