The last time the Super Eagles played against Pharaohs of Egypt, it was 3-1 in favour of the North African team. In March, the two teams will engage in two legged qualifying matches for the AFCON 2017.
The fear is that can these Super Eagles, which could not go beyond group stage at the African Nations Championship, otherwise known as CHAN qualify for AFCON.
Yes, most football lovers believe that the Super Eagles can beat Egypt with the mix of the present crops of foreign and local players. Oliseh has said that about eight of the local players that featured in CHAN had the capacity to wear the national colour again as the team prepares for the qualifiers.
Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi has become a more matured player, scoring a beautiful goal against PSG at the ongoing European Champions League. His control and confidence on the ball lately would earn him another chance to prove himself in the national team.
Lazio Midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi is back from injury and one match ban from international assignment. He will be invited against Egypt to fortify the Eagles midfield.
No doubt that the Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho is a quality footballer. His recent hat trick against Aston Villa was not a fluke and if Oliseh could combine him with Mikel and Onazi, the Super Eagles would be able to dominate the Pharaohs.
It has been 14 games since Oliseh took over as Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, He had lost just one official game and one friendly game .Scored 19 goals, conceded 6 goals. Qualified to the group stages of the World Cup qualifiers and still on track to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.
It should be remembered that Mikel’s scintillating performance finished Cameroon when the two teams met in a friendly match last year. The performance of Super Eagles and of course its capacity to demystify the Pharaohs of Egypt will rest more on its midfield and more importantly on Mikel, Onazi and Iheanacho.
The only advantage that the Pharaohs will be having is that the core of the team are home based. The players ply their trade in Egyptian local leagues and they have been playing friendlies against top teams.
For Nigeria, Oliseh is yet to submit his plan to the NFF on how he would want to prosecute the Eagles/Pharaohs’ tie. He is intended to do so by Friday.