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

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

Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen said his team would play Sudan‘s Falcons of Jediane in their second African Cup of Nations (AFCON) group match with the utmost respect.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Nigeria will face Sudan in their second match of AFCON Group D, at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua on Saturday.

Eguavoen told reporters during the pre-match conference on Friday that the Sudanese were not pushovers and would be treated as such, adding that consolidating victory against Egypt was the ultimate goal.

“I can’t look down on anyone, if you do that, you’ll be making a 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.

“Each game comes with a different plan. Sudan is not easy to convince and even more so, they are at one point and we have three points.

“We want to cement that, while they push harder for a chance to qualify,” he said.

On the tactics he would deploy against the Sudanese, the coach was quite subtle in his response, saying he hoped his opponents would improve their game and his team would respond accordingly.

“We have discussed as a personal room fund and the whole team together.

“As we study Egypt, the truth is that it will never be perfect, but there will always be gaps and the ability to read the game and get a good result is important,” he said.

The coach praised his team, adding that the difference between the current Super Eagles and the previous ones was the freedom the boys now had to express themselves.

“The guys deserve a lot of credit and praise, because when an instruction is given, they stick to it and don’t need a lot of reminders.

“That makes it a little bit easier, for me and for the coaching staff.

“Actually, we haven’t done anything different. It’s the same staff, but it’s just about freedom.

“Feel free to express themselves and see me as their father, brother and friend.

“Trust me, but don’t take advantage of me being too nice and everyone understands, including the players and of course the backroom staff,” he said.

On the hype that the Super Eagles are the favorites to win the AFCON title, Eguavoen noted that it was too early to draw such conclusions.

“It’s hard to say, because it’s a marathon. It is only the first game and as everyone knows, Egypt is a seven-time champion of Africa.

“They are not pushes. They are a very strong team and whoever thinks that Egypt is not a strong team is making a big mistake.

“Yes, we were able to neutralize them, we were also lucky at some point. We played very well, which is very good, thanks to all the players.

“But to talk about being favorites now, I think it will be too soon.

“We’re going to look at the next game and approach it with all seriousness and a lot of respect as well and after we cross that hurdle, we’re going to look forward to the next game,” he said.

Egypt, currently sitting bottom of the Group D table without any points, would be looking for redemption, when they take on Guinea Bissau from 8:00 p.m. .

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