By Jacob Ajom
As the Green Eagles prepare to file out against the defending champions, the Pharaohs of Egypt in the opening group match of the African Cup of Nations, a former coach of the national football team, Christian Chukwu has given his predecessor, Amodu Shaibu tips on how to beat the North Africans.

Speaking from his Enugu base Monday morning, Chukwu, who, as captain of the team won the 1980 Nations Cup in Lagos said the Nigerians must approach the match with determination and resilience.

Chukwu who spoke on Metrosports, said the Coach Amodu Shaibu tutored team were capable of getting the right result if they believed in themselves.

“We have the players and we have the right technical personnel and I believe their approach to the match matters,” Chukwu said.

Continuing, the former Rangers Captain counselled, “they should come out with a strong will to win and take the Egyptians with determination because that’s the only way to handle them.”

Chukwu said the World Cup miss could serve as a source of motivation for the Egyptians. “They are the defending champions and definitely, they would want to use the Nations Cup as compensation for their inability to qualify for the Mundial. It is going to be tough.”

But the former Green Eagles captain said that the Nigerians have nothing to be afraid of as football was no respecter of names. “We all saw what happened to Angola against Mali, so anything can still happen.”

He advised Amodu to improve in tactics because the Egyptians were very tactical. “Tactically, they are always better but we have the physical attributes. That is why we have to improve tactically,” Chukwu concluded.


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