Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has revealed that his boys will make life difficult for the Pharaohs of Egypt during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier between the African giants at the Ahmadu Belllo Stadium in Kaduna this Friday.
Speaking to the press after the team’s last training session at the Abuja Nest yesterday before heading for Kaduna, the former Eagles striker said he knows that the Egyptians have some sleek-footed players which means they will not be given the chance to play their game.
While acknowledging the specific threats posed by the duo of Roma of Italy winger Mohamed Salah and Arsenal FC of England midfielder, Mohamed Elneny, the Eagles gaffer insists that they don’t constitute the team and that his side will adopt a holistic approach to the all-important game.
“We are not going to be afraid of attacking the Egyptians, we know them already but all that we want to ensure is that we get our tactics right. We have to play as a unit together and not to give those guys that we believe that can give us problems room to play because if you give them room to play, they will destroy you. We know them and we have to make sure they don’t have that room to operate.”
|Mikel leads the team in training. Image: Goal|
“You know that Egypt is not two countries put together, and again I have utmost confidence on the players we have and with such players, you don’t have to worry about anything. I am also at home and so must not have any pressure here.”
He also revealed that the boys will train again in Kaduna on arrival so as to help them get accustomed to the hot Nigerian weather.
Meanwhile NFF president Amaju Pinnick has appealed to football-loving fans of Kaduna to be well behaved during the match and create the right atmosphere for the team to excel.