By Rachael Ugiagbe

Newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh will be in charge of the team for the first time in a competitive match when Nigeria take on Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.


Nigeria will be gunning for another win in the race for the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon having won their first qualifer against Chad, 2-0 on June 6 in Kaduna.

“Am I under pressure? Pressure is relative. We want to go into the match and win, not that anyone is putting a sword at the back of our necks.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute as Head Coach, after having served my country as a player,” Oliseh said.

Sunday Oliseh took 23 players to Dar es Salaam, an average of slightly 23 years above and nine of them are yet to play for the three-time African champions.

Ahmed Musa, who has 51 caps will lead the team in the absence of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who withdrew having lost his mother.

Goalkeepers Carl Ikpeme, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Femi Thomas have not played before for the team.

Austin Obaroakpo, Prince Aggrey, Solomon Kwambe, Chima Akas and Usman Mohammed join Thomas and Ezenwa as the home–based professionals.

While Musa and Ikeme are joined by Leon Balogun, Kingsley Madu, Godfrey Oboabona, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Izunna Uzochukwu, Obiora Nwankwo, Lukman Haruna, Rabiu Ibrahim, Emem Eduok, Emmanuel Emenike, Anthony Ujah, Moses Simon and Sylvester Igboun as the foreign-based.

“We are here for business. We don’t want to know what others are doing; we are only interested in what we are doing. Of course, every team goes into a match to try and win.

“The three points are very crucial to us on Saturday. That is the only message ringing in the ears of the players,” added Sunday Oliseh.

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