Ahead of the 2017 African
Cup of Nations, AFCON,
qualifier against the Pharaohs
of Egypt billed for March 25
at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium,
Kaduna, Super Eagles head
coach has boasted that the
Nigerian side have what it takes
to beat their north Africa rival
and book a place in the biennial
competition holding in Gabon.
Coach Oliseh said he does not
expect his team to play beautiful
football when they host Egypt
in the double header game next
month, but expects his players
to grind out a win.
A home win will lift the Super
Eagles above the Pharaohs in
the race for the automatic ticket
and Oliseh said, Eagles may
not play beautiful football, but
expect them to win.
“It may not be beautiful, but
we must win,” said Eagles
coach Oliseh. “We can carry the
day, if we play at the level they
can play and with the support of
the fans.”
Oliseh said that the Super
Eagles camp is expected to
open with players from the
domestic league at least two
weeks to the AFCON qualifier.
The former Super Eagles
captain, who has been sick, said
he is now up and running.
“I am very happy to announce
that I have started playing
tennis again. For the past three,
four months, I have not played.
I can run and now I do not catch
my breath when I run up the
The 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations Day 3 qualifying match
between the Super Eagles and
the Pharaohs of Egypt has
been moved from Wednesday
March 23 to Friday, March 25 in
The shift in date is as a result
correspondent sent to the NFF
by the Confederation of African
Football, CAF on Wednesday
that Nigeria should endeavor to
make room for “a minimum of
two full days of rest between the
two matches.”
Although CAF had given
Nigeria the latitude to pick any
day between 23rd – 26th March
for the Day 3 clash, and handed
Egypt the option of picking any
day from 26th – 29th for the
Day 4 encounter, the continental
body appealed to the NFF to
pick a new date that would
ensure two full days of rest
ahead of the second match.
NFF General Secretary, Dr.
Mohammed Sanusi, said on
Thursday: “We have now
moved the match forward by
24 hours, so we will play on
Friday, March 25 and Saturday,
March 26 will serve as the day
for the two teams to travel,
while March 27 and 28 will be
rest days before the return leg
on Tuesday, March 29.”

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