Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has said his team have no choice but to win in Egypt on Tuesday to stay in contention for a place at next y...
Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has said his team have no choice but to win in Egypt on Tuesday to stay in contention for a place at next year’s AFCON in Gabon.
Egypt welcome the Super Eagles to Alexandria on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw in Kaduna ensured they stay on top of their qualifying group, two points ahead of closest rivals.
“We will turn the table in Alexandria, of course we can,” said a defiant Siasia after the home draw.
“We have been in this situation before, so why can’t we (win in Alexandria)?
“We have to move forward after today’s game. Moving forward is that we have to get ourselves together and try to go to Egypt and win. This is a game of football when anything can happen. So we will go out there and try and win in Egypt.
“If we don’t win, that means we are out. We will try our best to go and win there. Everything is possible.”
Watford striker Odion Ighalo also believes Nigeria could still get the victory they desperately need against Egypt on Tuesday to stay on course for next year’s AFCON in Gabon.
Nigeria failed to beat visiting Egypt in Friday’s must-win match in Kaduna and now travel to Alexandria on Tuesday for the reverse fixture against the seven-time African champions.
The Super Eagles thus remain two points behind group leaders Egypt after three rounds of matches in the qualifying tournament with only the overall group winners assured automatic qualification to Gabon 2017.
“Egypt got a draw in Nigeria and I believe we can still go over there to win,” declared Ighalo, who was kept quiet by the Egyptian defence on Friday for the duration of the game.
“It was disappointing that we did not concentrate till the last minute and that they didn’t give us the fair play, but we can still win on Tuesday.”
Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi said the target remains a win in Egypt.
“We need the three points in Egypt. It will be a tough task, but we are very capable,” said the South Africa-based shot stopper.
“We will fight to get the victory in Egypt,” added defiant Gent forward Moses Simon, who started the game on Friday ahead of Chelsea loanee Victor Moses.