Coach of South Africa Under-23 team, David Notoane is afraid to file out his wards against the dreaded Olympic Eagles in their second duel of the AFCON qualifiers in Egypt.
The coach has been having sleepless nights on how to overwhelm the determined Nigeria Under-23 team who rose from a goal down to subdue Zambia in their first game in the competition.
“Nigeria is a very athletic and physical team, difficult to play against. But we will have our strategy to win this game,”he said.
South Africa’s win over Cote d’Ivoire took them to top spot, a point more than Nigeria and the Ivoirians, but the boys of David Notoane will have to continue the good work if they are to reach the semis.
Even without the input of the coach, the Nigeria team are more focused and will not allow anything to stop their dream of forging ahead in the competition.
Olympic Eagles must maintain the momentum direction to reach the semifinal of the ongoing U-23 Africa Cup of Nations. After the setback against Cote d’Ivoire, victory over Zambia is not on its own enough.
Nigeria can’t afford a mistake if they want to continue their title defense campaign. And to avoid making any calculations, the Olympic Eagles must win against South Africa for a place in the semifinals.
Their opponents, South Africa (4 points) might be in a slightly better position, as a positive result (draw or win) takes them automatically to the semifinals. But they should give their best against a progressing Nigeria side.