Ahead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier double-header between Nigeria and Egypt later this month, Super Eagles star Ogenyi Onazi is confident that his partnership with Mikel Obi will quell the attacking threat posed by Mohammed Salah and his Pharaohs teammates.
Salah has been in a very rich vein of form since his return from injury and at the weekend inspired Roma to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Fiorentina with a brilliant brace to hand new manager Luciano Spalletti a seven game unbeaten run.
Salah will lead the Egyptians to Nigeria for the first leg of the double-header clash in Kaduna on Friday, March 25 before hosting the Super Eagles in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.
Onazi who was included in the 43-man squad to play Egypt by interim manager Samson Siasia alongside Chelsea vice-captain Mikel Obi is delighted with his midfield partnership with the former Lyn Oslo star.
‘Mikel is a natural leader and I enjoy playing alongside him – hopefully together we can keep the midfield solid and make it difficult for the Egyptians to score,’ Onazi said.
‘We know Mohammed Salah very well and can handle him. The Egyptians have other good players like Bassem Morsi who scored an hat-trick against Chad and the Arsenal guy, Mohamed El Nenny but we’ll be ready for them.
‘Personally, I’m 100% fit and have been training very well and can’t wait to put on the colours of Nigeria.’
Egypt lead Group G with six points while Nigeria have four points following their 2-0 win against Chad and a goalless draw with Tanzania.