Francois Zhaoui believes Niger can beat African big boys

Francois Zhaoui believes Niger can beat African big boys

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 09:33

Following his side’s 2-1 win over Burkina Faso in a Last 16 match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations on Sunday, September 10, Niger coach Francois Zhaoui believes they are ready to challenge the powerhouses of WAFU Cup of Nations.

In a surprise result from the second day of the WAFU tournament, Niger controlled the flow of play and downed favourites Burkina Faso thanks to goals in each half from Boubacar Hainikoye Soumana and Idrissa Halidou.

Speaking after the match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Zhaoui admits it was a tough encounter but now believes his side can beat any of the teams in the competition.

“It was not easy against Burkina Faso, but we worked hard and got the result,” said Zhaoui.

“It is always going to be difficult at this stage of the competition, but now we are through to the group stages of the competition.

“If we play our best and perform we can beat any team. We can sail through any tough group we find ourselves in.

“We looking forward to playing against the big boys in Africa.”