Nigeria’s Super Eagles will on Friday take on Libya in their bid to qualify for the knockout stage at the 2018 African Nations Championship at the Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Morocco.
The Mediterranean Knights thrashed Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in their first group match with Saleh Al Taher (brace) and Zakaria Al Harash scoring.
The win took Libya, who are coached by Omar El Maryami, to the top of the Group C table with three points from one game.
They are two points above second-placed Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Nigeria were held to a goalless draw by Rwanda in their first game of the tournament which was played in Tangier on Monday.
As a result, the Super Eagles are placed second on the Group C standings with one point from one game.
They are only a point above fourth-placed Equatorial Guinea.
Speaking ahead of the tie, Super Eagles’ head coach, Salisu Yusuf, said: “We have to win against Libya to regain our confidence.
“And for that, we must dare and create opportunities to score.
“Given our performance against Rwanda, I am optimistic we can beat this Libyan team.”
In a similar vein, Nigeria’s skipper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, said: “We are focused on the match.
“We are aiming for victory to have a better chance of qualifying to the next round.
“We are here in Morocco representing the 180 million Nigerians.
“We will try to do our best to honour them and make them happy.
“We have forgotten about the draw against Rwanda and we feel no pressure.
“I can even assure you that we have adapted to the weather conditions.
“It’s not a problem anymore.”