Tuesday 29 March 2016

Egypt Will Be A Tough Game For Nigeria- Emmanuel Amuneke

The interim assistant coach of Nigeria Emmanuel Amuneke has warned that the Super Eagles are in for a tough fight when they face Egypt in Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations encounter in Alexandria. The Super Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, and must beat Hector Cuper’s men to stand a chance of qualifying for Gabon 2017.

Amuneke believes qualification will be harder than expected and says his side will avoid making mistakes at the Borg El Arab Stadium while insisting the Super Eagles were not na├»ve in the first leg. He told Caf website that “From experience, Egyptians are very passionate about football and I'm not surprised the game will be played in Alexandria in order to guarantee maximum support. The game on Tuesday would be different from last Friday’s (in Kaduna) where we unfortunately conceded a late goal. It's going to be tougher. We would have to apply a lot of wisdom and cannot afford some of the mistakes we made in Kaduna. I wouldn't subscribe to the notion that we were tactically naive against Egypt in Kaduna because that was a match we would have won with some luck. In football, you don't talk about what should have been but we are going to Alexandria with optimism and we would use our strength positively.”

The Nigeria Football Federation has informed that the Super Eagles would not be lacking fans' support in Alexandria on Tuesday with arrangements in place to ferry the team, government officials as well as fans for the decisive encounter.

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