John Obi Mikel has said they ‘cautious and tactical’ when they face Egypt over two legs in the qualifying race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria host the Pharaohs of Egypt on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna and play the return leg two days later at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria and speaking after their training session on Tuesday in Abuja, Mikel noted that they must be in good form to stop the Egyptians.
“I want us to win and progress and I want us to have a good game on Friday and in Egypt,” he said. “But the truth is, we also have to do well in those games.”
The Chelsea of England midfielder while admitting he doesn’t know much about the Pharoahs, however acknowledged that they are a good side.
“I really don’t know much about them I probably know only (Mohammed) Salah because we played together at Chelsea but from I have heard, they are a very good side.
“I understand they are a team that plays good football and are very fast and we have to be cautious and tactical and try to control the game at every point,” he added.
Mikel was one of the 13 overseas-based players that trained on Tuesday morning. The others were Carl Ikeme; Efe Ambrose; Azubuike Okechukwu; Godfrey Oboabona; Ahmed Musa and Aaron Samuel.
Fanendo Adi; Aminu Umar; Moses Simon; Victor Moses; Kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo were also in training on Tuesday morning.