Super Eagles midfielder, Obiora Nwankwo says the three-time African champions are not intimidated by the prospect of facing Egypt on match day three of 2017 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifying.

The Egyptians are the form side in Group G having amassed maximum points from their first two games.

A 5-1 win for the Pharaohs on Sunday underlined the North Africans’ intent but Obiora says players of the Super Eagles are not losing sleep over the prospect of facing the Group G leaders.

“Nobody here is scared of facing Egypt because we know that if we play to our capabilities, we are capable of beating anyone,” the former Inter Milan man told

The 24-year-old then took the time to discuss Nigeria’s 0-0 draw in Dar es Salaam against Tanzania on match day two as well as new coach, Sunday Oliseh’s impact on the team.

“We did not really play well against Tanzania. There is no point trying to lie about that.

“However, it was to be expected because it was the first game we were playing under our new coach.

“It was important not to lose that game because the Tanzanians showed they are a very good side.

“Our coach is a man who understands the game having played at the very highest level and captained the team too.

“I am sure he will lead us to achieve great things again in football,” he said.

Nigeria is currently in second place in Group G of Afcon qualifying with four points from two matches, two points adrift of the leaders, Egypt.


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