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2017 AFCON qualifier: No panic over Egypt – Musa

AGAINST the back drop of intense hype being generated by the two-legged 2017 Afcon qualifiers between the Super Eagles and Pharaohs the match has generated a lot of interest among Nigerian football fans.

Nigeria's forward Ahmed Musa (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal  during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Nigeria and Sudan on October 15, 2014 in Abuja.  AFP PHOTO
Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa (C) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying football match between Nigeria and Sudan on October 15, 2014 in Abuja. FILE PHOTO

The accompanying mind games from both camps have no doubt, increased the tension in Nigerians that some fans can’t wait to see the two African soccer giants clash in Kaduna.

But Nigeria captain, Ahmed Musa has been quick to douse tension and has declared that Nigeria do not have any reasons to be afraid going into two AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Egypt as the target remains to win the games.

Nigeria will host Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna with the return leg in Alexandria four days later in qualifying matches that could well determine the overall winners of the group.

Egypt are top of the qualifying group with six points from two matches, two points more than Nigeria, with only the group winners guaranteed automatic qualification to Gabon 2017.

The build-up to these matches has been noisy with both teams bullish of their chances and

CSKA Moscow star forward Ahmed Musa has now restated his belief Nigeria will triumph over the seven-time African champions.

“I am calling on Nigerians and football fans to support us and keep praying for us as we will make the nation proud with victories over Egypt,” Musa told AfricanFootball.com

“We are not afraid of Egypt. Why should we?

“We have top quality players who will do Nigeria and Nigerians proud in both games. There is no reason to panic or fear Egypt, instead they should be the ones who should be afraid of us.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the NFF technical committee, Chris Green has called for respect for the Egyptians.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper recently announced the 25-man squad that is set to face the Super Green Eagles in the two-legged African qualifiers on the 25th and 29th of March.

Green has also called Nigeria to turn their attention to the Pharaohs as a whole not just one player in the person of Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

“Elneny is just one player in the pack of 11 and so I don’t think we need to worry about one player,” Green told Africa’s pioneer sports radio station Brilla FM.

“We need to worry about [Egypt’s whole] team, we must respect the Egyptians because they have a difficult team. But at the same time we are playing at home, we should be able to go forward at home,” he concluded.


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