The Super Eagles of Nigeria must now beat the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday to have any chance of an automatic qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Following Chad’s withdrawal from the qualifying race, it has now put the pressure on Nigeria, if as expected, the results secured against the Chadians are cancelled by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
If that is done, it means the Egyptians will now have four points, while Nigeria will be down to two and if the Pharaohs go on to beat the Super Eagles on Tuesday, they will secure a direct ticket to Gabon, while Nigeria will hover on the brink of yet another failed attempt.
Chad’s withdrawal means Egypt, Nigeria and Tanzania all now have one game apiece after this round of fixtures and if Egypt beat Nigeria in Alexandria, that will move them to seven points – if the points against Chad are cancelled – and that will leave Nigeria on two points, without the possibility to match the Egyptians even if they beat Tanzania in the final group game.
So the pressure is now on the Super Eagles not to lose to the Pharaohs at the Borg El-Arab Stadium on Tuesday.