NFF toys with Nigeria’s qualification for 2017 AFCON, yet to unfold plans for double header against Egypt

By Daily Sports on February 4, 2016

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With the 2017 African Nations double header between Nigeria and Egypt on the horizon, the Nigeria Football Federation are still yet to draw up their plans for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria trail Egypt by two points going into next month’s double header with both matches likely to determine who makes it to Gabon 2017.

The Super Eagles, like the Pharaohs of Egypt failed to qualify for the last event in Equatorial Guinea which was won by the Ivory Coast.

The Egyptians have been preparing their team as they played two friendly matches last week in Egypt.

The Pharaohs lost the first test game 1-0 to Jordan but rallied back to beat Libya 2-0 in the second test game.

Egypt’s Argentine coach Hector Cuper affirmed after the friendlies that he already knows his starters for the all important game against Nigeria.

Team coordinator of the Super Eagles Patrick Pascal told that he doesn’t have the details from the Nigeria Football Federation but is sure something is in the works.

“I can’t say anything because nothing is official yet. Maybe you can ask from the Federation, they will be in a better position to reveal whatever plans we have.

“Either way we are taking the game against Egypt seriously I can assure you,” he added.

Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, also revealed that everything has been put in place to make sure that Nigeria does well against the Egyptians.

He noted that all plans have been concluded and the Federation are waiting for Sunday Oliseh to come back from his short holiday to finetune the details.

“As you are aware Oliseh was involved with the team to the African Nations Championship which also served as a test for the Super Eagles so we have already have focus,” Sanusi told

“He has identified a couple of players he feels can do a job for the main team which is also a good start.

“We have set the plans in motion and we are only waiting for him to come back so we can iron out a few grey areas before revealing our plans.

“I want to assure Nigerians that the NFF is on top of things and qualifying for the 2017 Nations Cup is a priority and is taken seriously,” he added

Egypt leads Group G of the 2017 Nations Cup with six points from two matches while Nigeria is in second place, two points behind the Pharaohs. Tanzania and Chad bring up the rear.

•Text courtesy of Photo shows NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 4, 2016

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