Cairo - Golden Eaglets Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has told his
players to gird their loins as they face their Egyptian counterparts in
two-test matches slated for Friday and Sunday.
The former Zamalek and Barcelona winger actually stopped the
lads in the middle of a trek around their Sheraton Dreamland camp on Thursday
to remind them about the importance of the task at hand.
"You can see how beautiful this place is but you have
many more beautiful years ahead of you if only you can cease this opportunity
by being responsible and ready to fight for a place in the team.”
"I want you to give these two matches your best to
prove again that you are good enough to be picked," he said.
The two matches would take place at 10pm local time (9:00pm
in Nigeria) due to the on-going observance of the Ramadan by the Muslims but
Amuneke said he was not disturbed by the arrangement.
"We are expecting a tougher game because we saw their
reaction (the Egyptians) after they lost the first game to us in Kaduna,"
he stated matter-of-factly. "They were furious as such; we are expecting a
much more difficult game on Friday.”
"We have also seen that they have progressively
improved with the way they beat Sudan home and away in their last African U-17
Championship qualifiers but we would be ready to present them with a tough opposition,"
He enthused further that his players would not be caught
napping under floodlight following their
experience at the WAFU B Under-17
Tournament, adding that the Ramadan would have no adverse effect on the matches.
"What we have been doing all this while is
to prepare our boys mentally ready to play under any situation because we
actually played and won our first match in Togo under floodlight," he
stressed. "Most of our players are used to playing during Ramadan and the
same goes to the Egyptians, so I don't think it would affect us."
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