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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Don’t panic over Egypt — Siasia tells Nigerians

Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia has urged Nigerians to stop worrying about the 2017 Afcon double header between Nigeria and the Pharaohs of Egypt
later this month because his wards have assured him of victory over the North Africans.

Speaking in Abuja ahead of the resumption of camp today, an optimistic Siasia said, “I have spoken to the likes of Mikel, Moses, Odion, Iheanacho and others; they are all ready to play. They said: “Coach, we are coming to do it and play for you,” which is a good assurance. So, we want to go out there with a positive mind to make sure that we put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

” On his part, the coach has assured that the double header was a top priority. Said he, “I am going to give over a 100 per cent of my time to make sure that we win those two games. I am full of confidence and, as long as the boys play to instruction, we do not have anything to worry about.” 

Egypt presently sits atop the group with maximum six points, two ahead of Nigeria after two rounds of matches. 

But Siasia believes playing the first leg at home is an advantage to the Eagles. “We are playing at home and we must make sure that we win at home, no matter what it takes us. Egypt can’t beat us, I assure you that. So, there is no need for panic,” he insisted. 

His belief has been strengthened by the availability of video tapes of the Pharaohs and he said the technical crew will seat with the players and study the tapes closely. “ The first leg encounter will hold in Kaduna on March 25, while the return leg is scheduled for Alexandria on March 29.


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