AFCON 2021: We’ll play Sudan with utmost respect, says Eguavoen

January 15, 2022

Augustine Eguavoen, the Super Eagles interim coach, has stated that his team will treat Sudan with the utmost respect in their second group game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria will face the Falcons of Jediane in their second Group D match of the AFCON on Saturday at Garoua’s Stade Roumdé Adjia.

Eguavoen told reporters during Friday’s pre-match press conference that the Sudanese were not pushovers and would be treated as such, adding that the ultimate goal was to build on the victory over Egypt.

What Eguavoen Said

“I cannot look down on anybody, if you do that, you will be making a very big mistake.

“So, the Sudanese team will not be an exception. We will approach them the same way we did against Egypt.

“They are a respected side and not a weak side at all. We will play them with the utmost respect.

“Every game comes with a different plan. Sudan are not pushovers and more so, they are on one point and we have three points.

“We want to consolidate that, while they will push harder to qualify,” he explained.

“It is hard to say, because it is a marathon. It is only the first game and like you all know Egypt are seven-time African champions.

“They are not pushovers. They are a very strong team and whoever thinks that Egypt are not a strong side, he or she is making a big mistake.

“Yes, we were able to neutralise them, we were lucky at some point as well. We played very well which is very good, credit to all the players.

“But to talk about being favourites now, I think will be too early.

“We are going to look at the next game and approach it with all seriousness and a lot of respect as well and after crossing that hurdle, we will then look toward the next game,” he said.

Egypt, who are currently bottom of Group D with no points, will be looking for redemption when they face Guinea Bissau on Saturday at 8 p.m.

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