Friday, March 25, 2016 10:18 am
In an interview with CAFOnline.com, Super Eagles’ interim coach Samson Siasia says history is on his team’s side and remains optimistic that his charges would get the job done today before hitting Alexandria on March 29.
CAFOnline.com: The D-Day against Egypt is almost here. What are your thoughts about this crucial AFCON qualifier?
Samson Siasia: First and foremost, we know this is going to be a difficult game therefore we need to have a good preparation. We don’t have much time left but we just need to know how to play against them. Victory in Kaduna on Friday would put us in good frame of mind for the return fixture in Alexandria. We are very hopeful but we must also work very hard.
Nigeria has won seven of the last 15 encounters against Egypt. Would history again count in favour of Super Eagles on Friday?
I feel strongly that history is on our side against Egypt; though we know that this is going to be a crucial match. This is an important match for us and we know we have to win the game in Kaduna to put our AFCON campaign back on track.
Nigerians are used to seeing their Super Eagles play on Saturday or Sunday; will playing on Friday not affect turn out of the fans and psyche of the players?
I have no doubt that Nigerians fans are stoutly behind us because they (Egyptians) have been saying they can’t lose to us in Kaduna. We are expecting a full house at the stadium and on our part as team we are going to do our best. We are going to see a new Nigerian team against Egypt on Friday. We are going to see a team that would play from the heart.
Do you have sleepless night over any Egyptian player?
We don’t want to worry about any particular player rather we must be worried about how they play as a team. We have video tapes of their past matches which we have been studying and we already know the kind of players they have – attacking-minded. I’m not going to tell you the plans we have in store for them. I can’t be talking about how we are going to play but we shall be ready for them on Friday.
Although this is a two-match assignment for you for now; how do you feel about managing the Super Eagles after your last experience?
It feels good and I’m happy that I have the privilege to train the team after my last experience. I was in charge for 11 months the last time and we didn’t even lose a match; but this job is all about hiring and firing. My focus is on these two matches in Kaduna and Alexandria and I’m very hopeful that everything would turn out well.