We will fight Egypt to finish, Mikel assures on AFCON ticket

image Nigeria Super Eagles latest captain, Mikel Obi, has assured the nation that he and his team mates will fight to finish to grab the AFCON 2017 ticket when the go to Alexandria for the second leg of their engagement against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday.

Nigeria and Egypt will meet for the second time in four days as the qualification series for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations reach fever pitch.

The Egyptians pulled a 1-1 draw from the Super Eagles when they visited the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, last Friday.

Their late equaliser delivered by Mohammed Salah is argued by many Nigerians to have been secured against the spirit of fair play as Nigerian goal keeper Carl Ikeme played away softly at added time, hoping to allow for attention to an injured player but the Egyptians capitalized on the relaxation of the Nigerians to net in.

Swiftly putting they mishap behind, captain Mikel Obi called on Nigerians to also not lose hope, assuring that the Super Eagles will leave no stone unturned to wrestle the ticket from Egypt which currently leads the Group G log.

“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.

“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,” Mikel said.

According to the NFF communications department, the Super Eagles players and officials will travel to Alexandria on Monday aboard a chartered flight, as against an earlier arrangement to fly the delegation aboard Egypt Air. The team will fly direct to Alexandria and have their official training at the Borg El-Arab Stadium, venue of the match, on Monday evening before real action on Tuesday.

Nigeria’s next calls on the qualification series will be to Nd’jamena against Le Sao of Chad in the first week of June and back home to host Tanzania in the final round scheduled for the first week of September.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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