Nigeria Rugby won’t underestimate Mauritius- Fasimoye.

Anulika Menanya, Lagos

The Technical Director of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, Fasimoye Olatunji has assured that the senior National Team will not leave anything to chance when they file out against Mauritius.

Mauritius lost by 68 points to 3 against Morrocco at the ongoing 2019 pre-world cup qualifiers and according to Fasimoye:

“We already know that Morrocco is a tough side, most of their players play in France but that is not going to distract us.”

 “Mauritius are not pushovers, we will not underestimate them. We will make sure that we get that first victory before going back to the drawing board to see how we can play against Morrocco.”

 With the battle against Morrocco looming large, Fasimoye explained that the team will take it a step at a time because a loss against the supposed whipping boys in the team will make their last game against Morrocco difficult.

He stressed the need for maximum concentration against Mauritius as they battle for the Cup 1B ticket.

Fasimoye described the Morrocans as a very tough side but however believes that if the Black Stallions stick to their game plan, they can snatch a win against a formidable Moroccan team.

“We have come with our own game plan and we just hope the boys will execute and we will come out victorious.”

We have met them a couple of times and we lost against them even in the 7’s and 15’s, but this time it will be quite different.

Meanwhile, one of the 2 foreign professionals in the team, Christian Ogar who plays for Belhar Rugby Football Club of South Africa says, the team mostly comprising new boys, will need to stick together and work for a common purpose.

Ogar stated that after 2 weeks of intensive training in Lagos before their departure to Morrocco, their mission is to fight for the division 1B ticket and brighten their world cup qualification chances.

“I am going to give my best to the team to ensure that we move on to the next level.”

Nigeria must defeat Mauritius before they face Morocco in their last game to have a chance of progressing from Cup 1C to 1B and book a place in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World cup qualifier.

Tahir H.