My fears for CHAN 2014 –Amokachi

Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi has tactically warned Nigerians expecting a superlative performance from the team in the January Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) billed for South Africa that they are facing challenges ahead of the tournament.

Fielding questions from journalists at the team’s camp in Abuja during the traditional parley, the Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi said apart from losing over 80 per cent of the home-based players they had nurtured from inception, the ongoing National Youth Games and the Falconets equally camping in Abuja had truncated their training programmes.

Asked the challenges and his fears ahead of the tournament, the Nigerian former international said: “Yes, it is true that our domestic league has not started, but the good thing is that some of the players have gone through preseason. The preparation has put them in the mood for action.

“It would have been nice if the league is on, yes, one month will not be enough to prepare the teams for the tournament, but at the same time, it will be enough if the players make up their minds to work. Our responsibility is to nurture them and put them in shape.

“Normally, we should have been training twice a day but unfortunately, the tournament, National Youth Games occupied everywhere. We are sharing the Goal Project with the Falconets, forcing us to adopt only training session per day. Hopefully, as from next week, the training would pick fully and we will go into the tactical aspect of it,” he noted.

Speaking further, ‘the Bull,’ as friends and acquaintances fondly call him said: “On the challenges, it is always part of life. As football players, we know how to manage the challenges.

“If we had continued with the team we built in the past, probably have 120 per cent assurances of winning the trophy, but we have lost over 80 per cent of the players, but we still have quality in the ones we have now,” he added.

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