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CHAN opener against Nigeria is tricky, but Amavubi can defy the odds 

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Muha J.J.

Every football team loves to win, but getting the victory while also charming is a tricky line to walk.

Amavubi will face off with Nigeria’s Super Falcons in their opening CHAN 2018 game on Monday in Morocco, but most importantly to say is that the game will be tricky for Coach Hey and his men.

Already, the last heavy 4-1 friendly defeat to Algeria, on top of the one all draw against Namibia has prompted doubts whether Amavubi can emulate the last 2016 edition when the tourney was hosted at home.

This time around, it will not be easy for Amavubi when they go up against the Super Eagles, most importantly a side that is dubbed to be a continental football powerhouse.

Nigeria Coach coach Salisu Yusuf has some household experienced names such as Ikenchukwu Ezenwas, Stephen Eze and Austin Obaroakpo who were part of the squad to Rwanda in 2016. These will be the men to watch out for.

And to add to that fact, Salisu will select the top domestic players by far as a stronger side eager to top in Group C.

If, however, Amavubi can find a way out, anything is possible in football since the CHAN is only played by domestic players that side both sides are battling on a neutral ground.

That in its self-gives some advantage to defy the odds if they can show what they are made of. As the underdog, they just need to get down to tactical onus on the pitch by forcing a tight game which is cagey to deny the opponent any chance.

Defending should be critical since they will be under pressure for long, thus they need to have confidence, to be neat, compact at the backline and to show stiff resilience.

Pressing aggressively, when off the ball, and then dropping deep in numbers in their own half can play some big role. The first 20 minutes should give Amavubi the rhythm and snatch the first goal in the opening hour will give them the necessary confidence.

Without a doubt, Nigeria doesn’t think Amavubi is such a big threat but if you recall in the last edition they did not make it out of the group stages in Kigali.

Flattering in this opener will put Amavubi in a precarious position just like what assistant coach Vincent Mashami warned.

That side, the opener will determine Amavubi’s fate ahead of Guinea Equatorial and another stubborn Libyan side.

Much as it is a tricky game, Amavubi can still stand tall by putting up a determined fight to either win or force a draw in 90 minutes.

The last time both sides met was in 2012 AFCON first leg at Amahoro stood firm to a goalless draw, though they lost 2-0 in the return leg away from home.

This time around both sides are battling on a neutral ground, which makes the game open for the best team to win.

Even if things don’t go according to plan in this game, Amavubi can still try to qualify if they win the other two group fixtures that, though is a big assumption

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