CHAN: Eagles Tackle Angola in Knockout Round
The Super Eagles B will this afternoon, clash with Angola for a place in the 2018 African Nations Championship semi – finals in a potentially explosive tie at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier on Sunday .
Hosts Morocco defeated Namibia 2 -0 on Saturday to emerge as the first qualifiers for the last four stage .
The Eagles advanced to the quarter -finals as Group C winners. They drew 0 -0 with Rwanda in their opening game of the tournament , but wins over Libya ( 1 – 0 ) and Equatorial Guinea ( 3 -1 ) sealed their qualification as group leaders .
Palancas Negras finished second in Group D , two points behind Congo, who take on Libya for a place in the last four .
The Angolans played out a barren draw against Congo in their final Group D clash on Wednesday in Agadir , as the two sides progressed to the knockout stage .
The Palancas Negras knew a draw against already qualified Congo would be enough to get the remaining quarter- final place , and they did just that after Cameroon and Burkina Faso settled for a 1 – 1 draw in the other Group D match in Tangier .
Eagles captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa said the team , who have been largely wasteful in front of goal , need to take their chances if they are to advance into the next round .
“ We have to play to win and we hope to take our chances. We are looking forward to our next game , we hope to be in the semifinal. The solidarity and the spirit in the team have carried us this far and we hope to continue to work hard ,” he said .
The Angolans place more emphasis on midfield play , with Patty and Manguxi their key men while captain Job and Mano can wreak havoc on defences with their incisive runs from the flanks . The trio of the highly experienced Rabiu Ali , Dayo Ojo , who scored a great goal against Equatorial Guinea , and Emeka Atuloma would have to work hard to thwart the threat of their opponents .