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Yusuf confident as Tanzania arrive for U-23 AFCON qualifier vs Olympic Eagles

Nigeria U-23s head coach Salisu Yusuf is upbeat about his side’s chances as they get set to host Tanzania on Saturday.

The Olympic Eagles are home to Tanzania at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan after the first leg of their U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie ended 1-1 in Dar es Salaam last Saturday.

Yusuf says his boys are enjoying the Oyo State capital and are ready to get the result they need to advance to the next round.

“We went to Tanzania to win but it was just not possible. The boys really worked hard and I must commend them for their efforts,” Yusuf told the Nigeria Football Federation media team.

“However, we have been working hard on our weak points and believe we will get the job done on Saturday.

“The entire team is happy with the hospitality from the Oyo State Government. We are happy to be able to focus entirely on the match without any distractions.”

The Tanzania players and officials are already in Ibadan, staying at the Carlton Gate Hotel. They will have their first feel of the Lekan Salami Stadium turf tomorrow evening.

Match officials from Togo have also arrived in Nigeria, as all arrangements have been concluded by the NFF, the sports ministry and the Oyo State Government for the match.

The Confederation of African Football has appointed Togolese official Aklesso Gnama as match referee, with his compatriots Komlan Domenyo Adiwotso, Jonathan Koffi Ahonto and Komlanvi Aklassou as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and reserve referee respectively.

Alim Konate Aboubakar from Cameroon will serve as match commissioner, with Bechir Hassani from Tunisia the referee assessor.

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