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The Elephants coach says the Super Eagles will strive to conserve their 4-1 advantage by playing strictly in their own half

After losing 4-1 in the first leg against Nigeria in Kaduna in the 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying, Cote D’Ivoire coach Norbert Saraka remains hopeful his side can overturn the deficit and snatch a ticket to the finals in South Africa next year.

At a press conference in Abidjan on Tuesday, Saraka said the key to an eventual success over the local Super Eagles will be launching a relentless onslaught against the visitors’ defence until the final whistle.

“I’m very sure the Nigerian team will opt for a defensive outing to conserve their lead as much as possible. But in that case we’ll try our best to maintain a flowing attack to split up their back half for breaches and holes,” Saraka said.

“But I must admit that it is going to be a tough game for us. Scoring three goals without conceding any is no joke but in football everything is possible. The good thing is that spirits are very high within my outfit ahead of the clash and we’re confident of a favourable outcome.”

The winner on aggregate will qualify for the 2014 African Nations Championship.