Constantine favours Super Eagles to shine in group stages

Stephen Costantine

Stephen Costantine

 Rwanda’s head coach Stephen Constantine has admitted that Group A which comprises of the reigning continental champions Nigeria, Sudan and South Africa is a tall order ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations group stage qualifiers.

Currently ranked 109th, Rwanda is the underdog in this group as has been the case in the last two qualifying stages despite defeating Libya 3-0 on aggregate and dominating a 4-3 penalty shootout after drawing 2-2 on aggregate against Congo Brazzaville last Saturday.

“We have a few weeks before the first game. It is away to Nigeria, obviously the favourites I think for this group,” said Constantine.

“We have six games in three months. It is going to be tough but especially for us. We need to focus on one game at a time. We want to win our home games and try to take away anything from any of the other three. In these kinds of competitions, you need to win your home games and if you do that, you have a good chance to go through.”

The last time the two sides met in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Rwanda held Nigeria to a goalless draw in Kigali before losing 2-0 to the hosts in Calabar. Nigeria went on to qualify for the continental showpiece before winning the title last year in South Africa.


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