According to Nigeria’s number one football portal fcnaija.com there are seven things the Samson Siasia led Super Eagles needs to do against Egypt to put smiles on the faces of their fans on Friday.
The game against the Pharaohs may not be the most important or a measure of the growth of Nigeria’s dwindling fortunes in football in recent years but it is a test of character for the new crop of Super Eagles players.
But for the home fans it is another opportunity to see their team qualify for a major tournament after enduring the agony of watching the last Nations Cup without their darling team.
Eagles must deny Salah freedom
Mohamed Salah is arguably the most important player in the Egyptian side and it will be criminal for the Samson Siasia led side to allow him space and time on the ball.
The AS Roma winger have an eye for a pass his pace can be devastating.
Eagles must be wary of counter-attacks
Hector Cuper may setup his team for counter-attacks and the Eagles must avoid the trap by not attacking with more men in the final third even during set-piece.
Eagles must retain possession effectively
Possession is key part of the modern game and the Nigerian team must be very careful because the visitors will press them at very given opportunity especially in midfield.
Eagles must be aggressive
Egypt will try to create openings as quick as they get the ball because an away goal will calm their nerves and put their hosts under huge pressure so the Eagles must be aggressive in their approach to the game and deny them space.
Eagles must avoid using long balls
The Eagles must avoid the temptation of playing long balls in search of a breakthrough but must adopt a patient approach to avoid playing into the hands of the Egyptians. Hector Cuper’s men are naturally good in the air and will be comfortable dealing with balls into the box all day long.
Ighalo must play with a partner in attack
At Watford Odion Ighalo has excelled in front of goal majorly because he partners very well with club captain Troy Deeney and one of the major reasons why he hasn’t played well for the Nigerian team recently is because he plays as a lone striker.
Eagles bench must be tactically ready
The match against Egypt maybe the most tactical game the Eagles have played in the qualifiers and the match may be won via tactical adjustments from the technical crew.
All the above are things the team must do but above all these, they have to show 100% commitment and passion because the match will not be easy!