Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has charged the team to fight ahead of an all important AFCON qualifying match against Egypt at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt. Nigeria must win the clash if they harbour any hopes of qualifying for AFCON after drawing against Egypt in Kaduna, plus Samson Siasia’s team are in a tight corner after the withdrawal of Chad, making this Tuesday clash all the more important.
Oghenekaro Etobo’s 60th minute strike was cancelled out by Mohammed Salah who scored a 90th minute goal for the Pharaohs against the run of play the Nigerian team currently are without first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme due to illness and the coaches have decided not to risk him in the tough encounter on Tuesday. “It’s a massive battle that we are going for, and there should be no illusion about it. We have to face reality, and everyone has to give more than 100 per cent because we just have to qualify for the Cup of Nations,” said Mikel ahead of he match. .
“We have to go to Alexandria and fight with everything we have. There are still matches to play and we have confidence that we will earn the ticket. We also call on Nigerians to believe in the team and continue to support us.”