2017 AFCON qualifier - Eagles vs Chad
Tuesday Aug 04, 2015. 16:39
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said the Super Eagles have to beat hosts Tanzania next month so as to stay on track for qualification to the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.
The Eagles are second in their qualifying group behind Egypt with only the group winners guaranteed automatic passage to Gabon 2017.
The three-time African champions failed to qualify for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
“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 AFCON qualifying matches we have with the Pharaohs (of Egypt) in March next year.”