Stop-gap Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has said the only way Nigeria can defeat Egypt in this month’s AFCON 2017 twin qualifying fixtures is by sticking together and presenting a united force to fight what seems an herculean battle.
Speaking after unveiling the 42 players who will start camping tomorrow for the make or break fixtures holding on March 25 and March 29 in Kaduna and Alexandria respectively, Siasia, who was named Eagles manager last week by the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after former coach, Sunday Oliseh jumped ship over sharp disagreement and power tussle with the NFF, said he was confident that his charges can overcome the Egyptian hurdle to brighten their chances of qualifying for next year’s continental soccer showpiece event due to be hosted by Gabon in January. “I want to passionately appeal to Nigerians, everybody, to show belief in the team and give us total support. It will not be easy, but if we stick together and present a united force to fight this battle, I believe we will triumph. “I have absolute faith in the players. Nigeria is blessed with so many talented footballers across the world and I know that those we are inviting for this match will give everything for the six points in both matches. Personally, I will give everything that I have to offer for us to win both matches.”added the former Beijing Olympics silver medal winning coach, who has qualified the U-23 side for the forthcoming Rio Games. He also vowed to field players who “showed ability to run and decimate the opposition” in the crunch clashes with the record Nations Cup winners, Egypt.