Niger coach Harouna Doula at the 2011 African Nations Championship says his team will be under lesser pressure than hosts Sudan during their quarterfinal clash of Feb.18 in Omdurman.
Speaking to French radio RFI on Thursday, the local Mena tactician said Niger were reaching the quarterfinals of a major competition for the first time, fulfilling already their CHAN 2011 objective with nothing more to lose or gain, thus pushing the whole pressure for the next game on Sudan, who are playing before home fans.
“The pressure on the Sudanese side will be more. They will be playing before their home fans. We, we have nothing to lose, and the boys have tasted the competition. They will play with a lighter spirit and push to get through,” Doula said.
Niger goalkeeper Saminou Rabo confirmed his coach’s feelings to RFI as well: “The pleasure of having qualified for the quarterfinals is still there for us, but we’ll have to keep our head on our shoulders and feet on the ground to go further in this tournament. If we beat Sudan, we will write our names more in the history books of African football,” Rabo said.
Niger will be playing Sudan at the Al Hilal Stadium in Omdurman on Feb. 18 at 17H30 GMT.