By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Coach of Super Eagles Team B, Imama Amapakabo has said that his team is ready to cancel the heavy defeat they suffered in the hands of Sparrow Hawks of Togo when they meet in the second leg of the African Nations qualifying match for Cameroon 2020 on October 19.
The Togolese last Sunday in Lome, proved bookmakers wrong when they handed a 4-1 defeat on the CHAN Eagles, despite the Eagles drawing the first blood after only eight minutes of play.
In a telephone interview with NNsports, he stated that the result is an indication that there are no more minnows in African football but added that he is mapping out strategies on how to beat the fellow West Africans and progress to the next stage of the qualifiers.” There is no doubt that we’re working on a tight rope but all I can assure Nigerians is that there will be no hiddng place for the Togolese when they come for the second leg”, began the assistant coach of the Super Eagles.” II must confess that the result of the first leg clearly shows that African football has come of age and there are no more minnows in the continent but we shall not be deterred by that result. Right now, we’ re taking it as a big challenge more determined on cancelling the goals and winning the second leg convincingly to progress to the next stage of the qualifiers”, he assured.Amapakabo who also doubles as U-23 national coach while apologising to Nigerians with an appeal not to write the team off, promised that the mistakes made in the first leg will be corrected to put smile on the faces of Nigerians.
” I have already apologized to Nigerians on the dismal performance of the team and am also using this medium to tender another apology to soccer loving Nigerians and assure them we’re on course to post a good performance in the second leg.” We’ ve equally identified our areas of weaknesses and will correct them before the match and I appeal to Nigerians not to write off the team but to keep supporting us and I promise we won’t disappoint again”, he concluded.