Interim Super Eagles assistant coach Emmanuel Amuneke has admitted that they must win the first leg of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
The Super Eagles host the Pharaohs in the first leg of the back-to-back encounter in Kaduna on Friday, knowing that anything short of a win may well jeopardize their chances of making the next Africa Cup of Nations.
The Egyptians are top of group F with six points from two games, while Nigeria has four from the same number of games and speaking to fcnaija, Amuneke acknowledges that they must win in Kaduna on Friday.
“We have to go for the win in the first leg in Kaduna,” he told fcnaija. “It is a game that we have to win and that is what we have to tell the players,” he said.
The former Nigeria international also stated that winning the first leg will give them some advantage going into the second leg four days later.
“If we get that win here (at home), that will help us be in a better position going into the second leg and it will also give us a clearer picture of the kind of team they are.”
Amuneke went on to admit however, that it won’t be an easy task, especially the second leg in Egypt.
“One of the biggest mistakes we can make is if we don’t recognize that they are a good side. And to be realistic, it is not going to be easy especially the second leg over there,” he added.