Ahead of the 2017 African Nations Cup Qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt, Former assistant manager of the Flying Eagles, Nduka Ugbade has urgerd the Super Eagles to seek for an early goal in Alexandria.
The Pharaohs snatched a late 1-1 draw against the Samson Siasia led side in Kaduna to maintain top spot in Group G but the game took added importance when Chad withdrew for the qualifiers.
The maximum points earned by both countries from the minnows were effectively removed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) which makes the tie in Alexandria a must win for the Eagles as it will be increasingly difficult to qualify as one of the two best losers with just three teams left in the group.
‘An early goal will be key in this match but the Eagles must ensure they don’t concede first,’ Ugbade said.
‘It is no longer a marathon – the game against Egypt is like a 100metre or 50metre sprint. If the Eagles react first, they win the race but if they allow the opponents to react first they lose.
Ugbade went on to praise new captain of the Super Eagles Mikel Obi who had a fine game against the Pharaohs in the first leg match in Kaduna.
‘I was even surprised with Mikel. Honestly speaking, I saw a different young man – he was full of speed against Egypt, kept possession very well and combined well with Etebo in midfield.
Egypt currently leads Group G with four points followed by Nigeria on two points while Tanzania are bottom with just a point.