Niger coach Harouna Doula has revealed that his side will not be under any pressure when they face Cameroon in their last Group E of the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Tuesday.
The two sides clash at the ongoing tournament in Algeria at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran with places in the last eight at stake.
The Menas, who managed a draw against Congo in their first game, will need to overcome Cameroon to progress to the quarter-finals but insist the pressure is on their highly-fancied opponents.
“We have no pressure. It is Cameroon that have pressure because of the result that they got in their first game. We shall approach the game searching for victory and to cause problems for our opponents. We must avoid being exposed,” Doula explained to the media on Monday at a press briefing in Oran.
“We saw the mistakes that they made when they were under pressure from the Congolese in their first game so we shall draw some inspiration from that ahead of our game against them.”
Niger who were cheered on by an impressive outing of fans in their first game are looking forward to the same support when they face Cameroon in a do or die fixture.
“We are very happy that we have a great number of Niger fans here in Algeria. This kind of support is very important for us in a competition like this. The players love it and we gain so much momentum from them in the stands.”
Niger is to the southeast of Algeria and thousands of Nigerien fans live in Oran. The Menas also have massive support from the people of Oran who turn up for neighbourly duties to support Doula’s side.
“This is a final before the final. It is a decisive match for us. Cameroon have an advantage in this match but we want to progress in the competition. We had a timid team against Congo. We were shy but it is because of the level of the tournament. We shall now try to be more expressive and to create more chances in front of goal.”