John Obi Mikel has reiterated that they must beat Egypt on Tuesday following the withdrawal of Chad from the qualifying race to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking exclusively to fcnaija, the Nigeria captain acknowledges that it is now very imperative that they beat the Pharaohs as anything short of a win will not be good enough.
“We have to win and that is just it, we just have to go there and win now because anything short of that will not be good for us,” he said.
Le Sao of Chad withdrew from the qualifying race on Sunday, citing financial constraints and as a result, all results recorded against them have been cancelled by CAF, which now means the Egyptians will qualify if they beat Nigeria on Tuesday.
Mikel is however confident if they play the way they did on Friday in the return leg on Tuesday, they will win the game.
“We played well on Friday and if we play the same way on Tuesday, I believe we will win the game,” he added.
The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday, with the Pharaohs scoring a stoppage time equalizer.
As it stands now, Egypt has four points, Nigeria has two and the Super Eagles must get a draw at the very least to keep their hopes of qualifying alive, as only the group winner will now go through to the competition proper which holds in Gabon next year.