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Egypt await difficult home test against Nigeria: assistant coach Nabih

Pharoahs assistant coach Osama Nabih warns against celebrating following Friday's draw against Nigeria, saying the road is yet long to the African Cup finals

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Mar 2016
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Egypt assistant coach Osama Nabih (R) and Zamalek star Omar Gaber after reaching Alexandria's Borg El-Arab airport (Photo: EFA's official website)
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Egypt assistant coach Osama Nabih believes the Pharaohs have a difficult mission to confirm a place in the African Cup of Nations finals when they host Nigeria in the qualifiers Tuesday.

"We achieved what we wanted against Nigeria, but we have passed just 10 percent of the road to the African finals," Nabih told Al-Hayat TV Channel after the match.

On Friday night, AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah netted in stoppage time as Egypt secured a precious 1-1 draw away to Nigeria that kept them at the top of their group in the qualifiers.

The valuable draw put Egypt in a comfortable position before they host the Super Eagles in the second of a double-header at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium Tuesday.

"The return match will be very difficult, so we have to concentrate well and we shouldn't exaggerate in our celebration after the draw in Nigeria," Nabih explained.

Egypt, who have not qualified for the Nations Cup since winning the last of their record seven trophies in 2010, have seven points from three games, two ahead of Nigeria and three clear of third-placed Tanzania. Chad lie at the bottom with no points.

The winners will automatically reach next year's Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

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