We have to respect Egypt, says Nigeria assistant coach Amuneke
Ahram Online, Thursday 10 Mar 2016
The one time Zamalek player and African player of the year in 1994 tells the Super Eagles they have to work hard to get past the Pharaohs


Nigeria assistant coach Emmanuel Amuneke has asked the Super Eagles to respect their opponent ahead of their Nations Cup qualifiers' double header against Egypt.

The 45-year-old Nigerian assistant coach, who helped Egypt's Zamalek as a player win two Egyptian League titles in 1992-1993, said he believes the Super Eagles can claim victory in both legs, but only through hard work.

The Super Eagles will host the Pharaohs on 25 March in Kaduna before playing the Egyptian side again four days later at Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria.

"We have to work hard, the team we are playing are a very good side," Amuneke told Nigerian website Naij on Thursday.

"For them to be topping the group, it shows that they are good but nobody is unbeatable, we just have to work hard."

"The key to success is hard work, we have to respect the opponent and just have to play to win. That is what the game is all about," he added.

With only the group winners guaranteed automatic qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, second-placed Nigeria have no choice but to beat current group leaders Egypt to improve their position in the group.

Egypt are leading group G with six points, two ahead of Nigeria.

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