Alexandria - Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi and former
coach Shuaibu Amodu are confident Nigeria can get the needed three points
against Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday.
Nigeria, on two points, must beat Egypt, who tops Group G
with four points, to have a chance of qualifying, following Chad’s withdrawal
from the qualification series.
Mikel, who alongside Elderson Echiejile are the only
surviving members from the 2009 squad that defeated Kenya in Nairobi in a
must-win game to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, said: “We are in the same
situation now as we were then going to Nairobi. I just have it in my mind that
it can be done, that we have done it before.
“Yes, we will go out there on Tuesday night and do exactly
what we have to do: fight. It is not going to be easy but I keep remembering
what we did in Nairobi that evening and I know it can be done.”
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The man who was head coach that evening in Nairobi, Shuaibu
Amodu, is now the National Technical Director.
“I also remember Nairobi, and I have already discussed it
with Mikel (Obi) and he remembers very well and the spirit is there and he will
pass it on to the other players.
"We just have to remember that it has been done before
and that we can do it again. Of course, that was a FIFA World Cup qualifier and
this one is an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. But the same principle can be
applied and Nigeria will come out victorious.”
Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, which has left
only three teams in the Group G of the campaign and which nullified all results
obtained against the Les Sao, only the group winner will qualify for 2017
Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Gabon.
Presently, Egypt top Group G with four points, with Nigeria
second on two points and Tanzania on one point.
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