Nigeria’s coach depends on history against Egypt

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 24 Mar 2016

Out of fifteen matches that the two teams have played against each other, Nigeria has won seven, Egypt four, and there have been four draws

Samson Siasia
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia (Photo: Reuters)

Nigeria’s coach Samson Siasia revealed that he is confident in his team's ability to reach the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals after missing out on the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea.

Siasia confirmed during an interview with the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) website on Thursday that the game against Egypt is going to be difficult so they are therefore preparing thoroughly.

The Super Eagles will face Egypt, who is leading Group G with six points, two ahead of second-placed Nigeria, on 25 March in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers before playing the follow-up match four days later in Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

"We know this is going to be a difficult game therefore we need to have a good preparation," Siasia said during his interview with CAF.

"We don't have much time left but we just need to know how to play against them. Victory in Kaduna on Friday would put us in a good frame of mind for the return fixture in Alexandria. We are very hopeful but we must also work very hard," the 48-year-old tactician added.

Egypt, the winners of three successive Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010, has played Nigeria in 15 games. The Super Eagles won seven, the Pharaohs four, while there were four draws.

"I feel strongly that history is on our side against Egypt, though we know that this is going to be a crucial match," Siasia said.

"This is an important match for us and we know we have to win the game in Kaduna to put our AFCON campaign back on track."

Siasia is confident of Nigeria fans support for the game at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday.

"I have no doubt that Nigerians fans are stoutly behind us because they (Egyptians) have been saying they can't lose to us in Kaduna.

"We are expecting a full house at the stadium and on our part as a team we are going to do our best. We are going to see a new Nigerian team against Egypt on Friday. We are going to see a team that would play from the heart," Siasia told CAF.

The 48-year-old coach Siasia also revealed that he doesn't worry about any particular player in Egypt's squad as he knows that they are mostly attacking minded.

"We don't want to worry about any particular player, rather we must be worried about how they play as a team," Siasia said.

"We have video tapes of their past matches which we have been studying and we already know the kind of players they have - attacking-minded," the Nigeria coach concluded.

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