CHAN 2023: Bankole expects tough confrontation Ghana

Remo Stars goalkeeper Kayode Bankole says they expect a tough fight as the Super Eagles B team take on Ghana in their African Nations Championship qualifier on Sunday in Cape Coast, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Next year, the edition of the CHAN tournament will take place in Algeria.

The Eagles B side will take on the Galaxies in the first leg in Cape Coast, before the second leg at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on September 3.

Bankole was a late addition to the team, following an injury to Rivers United goalkeeper Victor Sochima.

Salisu Yusuf’s squad have intensified their preparations for the meeting and have played two friendlies against youth teams as part of their preparation for the games in Cape Coast and Abuja.

Speaking with PUNCH Sports ExtraBankole echoed the words of the head coach, who stated unequivocally that the team’s mission was not to avenge Nigeria’s defeat to Ghana en route to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, but to qualify for Algeria 2023.

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“The expectation against Ghana is to win and qualify for the African Nations Championship in Algeria,” he said.

“We expect a tough confrontation when we meet them, because we know the history between the two countries, but we are confident in a victory. For us it’s not about the past games, but we want to do our best and make sure we get the job done and qualify.”

On his invitation to the national team, he said: “Honestly I am so happy and it shows that hard work pays off.

“I will continue to work and improve in some areas that need improvement.”

The Eagles B are expected to leave the country on Saturday (today) for Cape Coast ahead of their Sunday clash.

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