‘Seychelles Not Scared Of S’Eagles’

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Ahmed Musa, one of the Super Eagles’ World Cup stars that will be unleashed against Seychelles on Saturday.

Seychelles coach Gavin Jeanne has declared that his side has no fear of Nigeria ahead of the teams’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.
The teams will meet for a matchday two Group E clash at Stade Linite in Victoria on September 8, with both looking to bounce back from opening day defeats last year.
While the Pirates suffered a 5-1 thrashing away to Libya, the Super Eagles were beaten 2-0 at home by South Africa.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles, the West African giants, who represented the continent at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, are strongly favoured to defeat Seychelles, but the minnows will look to their showing at the Cosafa Cup as evidence of their gradual improvement.
“Yes, we are very ready and positive about our chances against Nigeria,” Jeanne told newsmen.
“We have prepared well and I hope the players maintain their focus and stick to the plan.”
the Pirates coach added, “We have enjoyed a good build-up to the game. It’s our biggest football match in history.
“We have tested ourselves enough from our participation it the Cosafa Cup till now. I hope it goes well and we make a positive impact.”
The other Group E match this weekend will see South Africa host Libya in Durban.
Meanwhile, ahead of Saturday’s all-important clash against the Pirates, Gernot Rohr will be without three of his key players, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong will miss Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Seychelles due to injury, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed.
The Super Eagles face the Pirates on Saturday and an away victory will put the Super Eagles’ qualification chances back on track after a shaky start.
Aina suffered a muscular injury in Torino’s 1-0 victory over SPAL and was replaced in the 86th minute with Alex Berenguer taking his place. Troost-Ekong got injured in Udinese’s 1-0 away defeat to Fiorentina albeit featuring for the entire duration at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
For Arsenal’s Iwobi, he was missing in the Gunners’ away victory over Cardiff City in the English topflight on Sunday and has been ruled out of the clash against the Pirates.
Coach Gernot Rohr is expected to name his replacements from the incapacitated stars. Captain John Obi Mikel had earlier been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture owing to injury.