Sunday Oliseh’s Super Eagles face Swaziland in Friday’s second round, first leg 2018 Fifa World Cu...
Though the Super Eagles are expected to win comfortably at the Somhlolo National Stadium, they must be wary of the southern Africans who dispatched Djibouti 8-1 on aggregate to reach this stage.
Nigeria have never faced Swaziland in any international game. Swaziland are ranked 130th by Fifa while the Super Eagles are ranked 59th.
And knowing what is at stake, coach Harris Bulunga believes team unity can help his men upstage the ‘dangerous’ Nigerian side. “We are facing one of the superpowers of African football so we cannot get carried away, go out and attack even though we are playing at home,” said Bulunga.
“We need to respect the Nigerian team because they are made up of mostly professional players who we watch on television, we know what they are all about and how dangerous they can be, so we need to be careful.
“We don’t have a lot of stars but for us it is all about team work. We have got a very united team that has been together for a long time. “They fight for each other. So it is the unity in us that has helped us achieve what we have achieved recently,” he concluded.
The match will kick off at 7pm on Friday, 13th November, with Germain Koole of Benin Republic as the referee.
He will be assisted by compatriots Bienvenu Dina, Sena Ulrich Houedin and Gustave Eugene Tohouegnon as assistant 1, assistant 2 and fourth official respectively. Mohamed Bahou from Morocco will be the referee assessor with Zambian Joseph Nkole as match commissioner.
Both teams will clash again in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, 17th November, with the winner going straight into the 20 –team, mini-league phase beginning next year.
Match Time: 19:00 local time (7pm Nigerian Time)
Date: Friday, November 13
Venue: Somhlolo National Stadium. Prediction: Nigeria 3-1 Swaziland