CHAN 2020: Imama Amapakabo Rallies Nigerians

Head Coach of Super Eagles B, Imama Amapakabo has called on Nigerians to turn out en masse to support the Eagles as they battle the Sparrow Hawks of Togo at the Agege Stadium, in Lagos on Saturday.

Trailing 1-4 from the first-leg in Lome, Nigeria must win the 2020 Championships for African Nations (CHAN) second-leg qualifying match by 3-0 at least to stand a chance of progressing to the finals in Cameroon.

Ahead of the game, the former goalkeeper says what his side needs to achieve their ultimate goal is total backing from Nigerians.

“We have done what we need to do for the work at hand. We have learnt a lot going into this encounter and we are very optimistic everything will turn out well.

“What we cannot provide for ourselves is support. And that is why we are asking for full support and understanding all through the game. The players need every show of love for optimal output on the pitch.”

The Eagles had their final training session at the venue of the match on Friday morning which lasted from 8am to 10 am under the Lagos rains.

Amapakabo called up eight new players who were not in Lome for the first leg to the team in a bid to turn the fixture around.

The winners on aggregate will qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship in Cameroon with Nigeria looking to seal their spot and surpass their runners up spot in last year’s edition in Morocco.

Togo are looking for a first berth at the continental competition designed solely for professionals featuring in their domestic leagues.