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Amuneke foresees tough times in Alexandria

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SUPER Eagles assistant coach Emmanuel Amuneke has predicted a very difficult game as the Super Eagles take on Egypt this evening in the second leg Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria.

Amuneke hails Eaglets
Amuneke hails Eaglets

Amuneke who played briefly for Zamalek of Egypt warned that the Pharaohs backed by the home crowd will come out hard against the Eagles, but was hopeful that the Eagles can carry the day, if they learn from their short falls in the first leg in Kaduna, where they allowed Mohammed Saleh to score a late minute goal to tie the game. The Super Eagles need to win, if they are to stay in contention for the AFCON 2017 tournament in Gabon.

“From experience, Egyptians are very passionate about football and I’m not surprised the game will be played in Alexandria in order to guarantee maximum support,” Amuneke told

“The game will be different from last Friday’s (in Kaduna) where we unfortunately conceded a late goal. It’s going to be tougher.

“We would have to apply a lot of wisdom and cannot afford some of the mistakes we made in Kaduna. I wouldn’t subscribe to the notion that we were tactically naive against Egypt in Kaduna because that was a match we would have won with some luck,” he added.


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