AYC Qualifier: Iheanacho Calls for Plan B for Adverse Dar er Salam Weather

Kelechi Iheanacho has moved for contingency plans should the match day whether forecast for the African Youth Championship (AYC) final qualifying round first leg tie between Nigeria and Tanzania fail to meet up to expectation.

The weather forecast in Dar er Salam suggests it would be sunny on Sunday afternoon, when coach Manu Garba’s side line-up against the Ngorongoro Heroes.

The six-time champions had their first feel of the Dar er Salam National Stadium pitch, which reportedly has lost most of its grasses, muddy and soft, on Thursday.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali are Expected to Lead Nigeria's Strike Force Against Tanzania.
Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidiebere Nwakali are Expected to Lead Nigeria’s Strike Force Against Tanzania.

“The pitch is okay but should it rain, we would need to play with hard-stud boots,” Iheanacho, the Most Valuable Player of the 2013 Fifa Under-17 World Cup in the UAE said.

The assistant coach of the Nigerian team, Nduka Ugbade advised the players to switch to power play should the clouds come falling on Sunday.

“You have to add some power to the pass. If not it could hold it back from its intended target,” Ugbade told the players.

Sunday’s AYC qualifier begins 4pm East African time (2pm Nigerian time).


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