Egypt coach Hector Cuper says they will still be targeting all three points against Nigeria in Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier despite Chad’s withdrawal from group G.
The Pharaohs host the Super Eagles at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday in a game that will see them go through to the competition proper if they win and while Chad’s withdrawal has dramatically changed the dynamics of the group, Cuper insists it hasn’t changed his game plan.
“We will have an attacking approach and we aim to create more goal scoring opportunities,” he said in a televised interview on Sunday.
“We have one target against Nigeria, which is achieving victory. All the players are ready and the atmosphere will be different than the first match,” Cúper said in reference to the security officials’ decision to allow 40,000 supporters into Borg El-Arab Stadium.
The former Inter Milan of Italy manager also added that he is not concerned with Chad’s withdrawal from the African qualifiers which saw the results against them cancelled, but Egypt still remain top of group G on four points notwithstanding, two points clear of second-placed Nigeria.
“We don’t care whether Chad have withdrawn. We focus only on achieving victory against Nigeria, this is the most important thing,” the former Valencia manager added.
A win on Tuesday would put the seven-time African champions, who failed to qualify for the last three AFCON tournaments, through to the 2017 tournament in Gabon.