John Obi Mikel has admitted it will be difficult playing under the hot conditions in Nigeria when they face Egypt on Friday in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Speaking to fcnaija after their training session on Tuesday, the midfielder said due to the weather, it is always difficult to play in Nigeria.
“The weather, I won’t say is an issue, but it is always difficult to play back home because the weather is always harsh.
“Back in Europe, you can play for one hour and twenty minutes without getting tired but after twenty or thirty minutes here, it’s like you have been playing for two hours,” he said.
The Super Eagles host the Pharaohs at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday and the game starts at 4pm, when the heat is expected to still be high and while acknowledging the difficulty of playing under such conditions, he however posited that they must still get on with it as it is their job.
“It is our job and we have to make sure we control the game and the more we control the game, the lesser we run and we can be able to win the game,” he added.
The Super Eagles will have their third training session on Wednesday evening at the match venue, after having their first feel of the facility on Tuesday evening.