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Dike backs Nigeria to stop Libya

Former Enugu Rangers manager, Alphonsus Dike has backed Nigeria’s Super Eagles Team B to edge Libya, the Mediterranean Knights at the on-going 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco.
Eagles will confront the North Africans in tomorrow’s Group C CHAN matchday 2 clash at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco.
The Nigerians played out an energy sapping 0-0 draw against the Amavubi of Rwanda in Tangier on Monday while the Libyans enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win against debutants, Equatorial Guinea.
Dike said Eagles must be natural and avoid anxiety that seemed to be the shortcoming in the match against Rwanda.
“Eagles showed lots of anxieties in their goalless draw against the Amavubi of Rwanda which aptly explained the barren draw in the clash.
“Eagles created chances in the encounter which means the team is good, a team is bad if they cannot create chances. The fact that they struggled for ball among themselves within the vital area of their opponents is a proof of anxiety.
“Everyone wants to score perhaps impress the coaches to stand a chance of being included in the 2018 Fifa World Cup squad. It is the duty of the coaches to calm the players down and remind them that the key is getting chances and scoring irrespective of who scores.
“Anxiety could have explained the number of balls that hit the woodwork in the match against Rwanda. The loopholes are correctable by the coaches. .
“I strongly believe that if the players calm down to play their normal game they will beat Libya.”

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