Goalkeepers’ trainer of the Egypt senior national team, the Pharaohs, Ahmed Nagi has claimed that Nigeria coach Samson Siasia is worried about them despite claims to the contrary.
Both sides meet this month in two crucial back-to-back games in the qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the Super Eagles coach had been reported to say they are adopting a “no fear” approach for the match against Egypt.
Ahmed Nagi has however responded to the report, saying: “Siasia’s statements won’t affect Egypt players or the coaching staff,” he said during a television interview on Wednesday in Cairo.
He then went on to add: “We’re used to hearing these kinds of comments from African coaches. The statements indicate he is worried about the Egypt clash. Siasia respects the Egypt team. He knows our abilities. We also respect the Nigeria team, as they are strong opponents, so I hope to achieve a positive result,” Nagi said.
Ahmed Nagi went on to conclude stating: “The team will hold a camp on the 19th of March as the squad will be announced after the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup games. Then we will fly to Nigeria on the 23rd of March in a private Jet, arriving in Kaduna.”
The Pharaohs currently lead Nigeria in the qualifying group, with Egypt having won both of their matches to date, two points ahead of the second placed Nigeria. The upcoming clashes could well decide who obtains the automatic qualifying spot from the group, with only the group winners going to the 2017 African Cup automatically.