Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, believes that beating Tanzania in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier is not negotiable, promising that Nigeria would stay on course for next year’s championship in Gabon.
The Super Eagles will play Tanzania at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Saturday, 5th September, with an international friendly to fulfill a few days later.
Nigeria is trailing Egypt in their group and the winner gets straight ticket to the tournament in Gabon.
“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,” said Oliseh.
“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 (against Zanzibar or Djibouti).
“There is a lot of work. After these matches, we will now start working towards the two Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches we have with the Pharaohs (of Egypt) in March next year.”
Oliseh is expected in the country next week, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) .
The former Super Eagles’ captain is presently in the United Kingdom with his assistant, Jean Francois Loscuito, and a number of meetings with senior Nigerian internationals in that country are on -going.
Oliseh, in company with NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, will also be involved in a number of sessions with some corporate groups interested in partnering with Nigerian football.
“We will spread our dragnet far and wide, and any player who is in great form and we believe can add value to the Super Eagles will be invited to fight for shirt to represent Nigeria.”