March 27, 2016

AFCON 2017 qualifier: Eagles must fight like never before, Mikel orders


NEW captain of the Super Eagles John Mikel Obi says they are condemned to spill blood on Tuesday when Nigeria battles Egypt in the second leg of the AFCON 2017 qualifier in Alexan­drai.
According to the nff. com, the Chelsea FC of England ace noted that the Eagles have to fight harder than they have ever done to snatch the three points at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in the Mediterranean coast.


“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 Obi, one of Ni­geria’s outstanding players when they won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa three years ago.

The midfield enforcer insisted there was no reason to panic following Friday’s draw, and pointed to the fact that there are still three more matches left in the campaign. “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.”After the clash with the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday, the Eagles will travel to Nd’jamena to battle the Le Sao ofChad in the first week of June, before hosting Tanzania in the final round of the series in the first week of September.

Meanwhile, NFF top shots have confirmed that the players and officials will now 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 the official training at the match venue on Monday evening, before Tuesday’s match. Both countries clash for the sec­ond time in four days as the qualification series for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations reach fever pitch. Friday’s first date ended 1-1 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna with the Egyp­tians earning the equalizer, against the fairplay spirit, in added time.

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