SPORT Garba Lawal be­lieves CHAN Ea­gles will still qual­ify

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By David Ngobua

De­spite suf­fer­ing a slim 0-1 loss yes­ter­day against the Squir­rels of Benin Repub­lic, for­mer in­ter­na­tional Garba Lawal said he be­lieves the CHAN Ea­gles will still qual­ify for the tour­na­ment in Kenya in 2018.

It took a 90th minute penalty for the Squir­rels to beat the CHAN Ea­gles who put up a spir­ited fight.

The re­turn leg will hold on Sat­ur­day in Kano and Lawal is op­ti­mistic that the Sal­isu Yusuf tu­tored lads will get the job done at home.

He told Daily Trust that from what he gath­ered, the Ea­gles gave a good ac­count of them­selves even as they missed some scor­ing chances.

“The ad­van­tage now is with Benin Repub­lic but I still be­lieve that CHAN Ea­gles would win the re­turn fix­ture and qual­ify for the cham­pi­onship.

“I learnt they did not play badly. More­over, they have seen the strength and weakness of their op­po­nents and should be able to make the nec­es­sary ad­just­ments.

“So I can say there is no se­ri­ous cause for alarm. They did well be­cause there are no more min­nows in in­ter­na­tional foot­ball,” he said.

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