Flying Eagles striker Emeka Chinonso says the squad has been looking forward to starting the 2019 African Games competition in Rabat as Nigeria plays Burkina Faso on Friday.
The Brook house forward is not underrating the abilities of the Junior Stallions, a team he considers a threat as the other group members to Nigeria.
Nigeria would also have to come up against hosts Morocco and South Africa in Group A.
Paul Aigbogun’s team begin their campaign on Friday against Burkina Faso in Rabat with the Flying Eagles eager to battle for the three points at stake.
“First games are normally not easy. The team might show nerves but once we settle, we will play to our normal plan.
“Our opponents, Burkina Faso, would not come easy. They would be dangerous just like the other two big sides.
“We have to take our chances and ensure that we come out as winners,” Emeka Chinonso told Futbalgalore.com ahead of the game.
“We are expecting to enjoy the game and do our work.”
“Our goal is to get past the group stage and over the past two weeks have developed tactically, technically, physically and mentally. It will be a tough game against Burkina Faso.”
The youngster will be hoping to play an important role, an opportunity he says will be a dream come true.
“Making a debut in this tournament will be a remarkable experience for me as a player and a dream come true.
“I have been working hard for the tournament and I feel great when our coach listed my name amongst the final squad for the African Games.
“I will be glad to have a chance to play during this tournament and I promise not to disappoint the coach if the opportunity comes.
The 12th edition of the Men’s African Games Football Tourney starts on August 16, with Nigeria drawn in Group A of the competition, to contend with hosts Morocco, South Africa and Burkina Faso.
Nigeria take on Burkina Faso, before matches against South Africa and Morocco in Rabat.
Burundi, Ghana, Mali and Senegal will battle things out in Group B in Kenitra.
CAF selected participating teams at the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations to play in this year’s All African Games which is meant for U23 sides following the postponement of the U23 Cup of Nations qualifiers.