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Nigeria not scared of facing Egypt, says midfielder Nwankwo

Nigeria midfielder Nwankwo believes the Super Eagles are capable of beating anyone

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Sep 2015
Members of the Super Eagles, Nigeria's national soccer team, train in Abuja October 10, 2013 (Reuters)

After Egypt smashed Chad 5-1 in the 2017 African Cup of Nation qualifiers, Nigeria midfielder Nwankwo Emeka Obiora revealed that his side is not scared of facing the Pharaohs in the next game of the qualifiers.

Egypt won their two games in the CAN 2017 qualifiers, defeated Tanzania 3-0 in Egypt and smashed Chad on their home turf 5-1 while Nigeria only defeated Chad and drew with Tanzania.

The Pharaohs are leading Group G of the CAN 2017 qualifiers with 6 points, two points over runners Nigeria.

"Nobody here is scared of facing Egypt because we know that if we play to our capabilities, we are capable of beating anyone," Nwankwo told Supersport.

The 24-year-old midfielder Nwankwo was part of the Nigeria squad that were held to a goalless draw at Tanzania in Group G of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday, failing to give new coach Sunday Oliseh an opening win.

The Super Eagles, winners of the Nations Cup in 2013, failed to build on a victory over Chad in their first group game, thanks to some resolute defending from Tanzania.

"We did not really play well against Tanzania. There is no point trying to lie about that," he added.

"However, it was to be expected because it was the first game we were playing under our new coach."

"It was important not to lose that game because the Tanzanians showed they are a very good side.

"Our coach is a man who understands the game, having played at the very highest level and captained the team, too.

"I am sure he will lead us to achieve great things again in football," the former Inter Milan defensive midfielder concluded.

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