Egypt goalkeeping coach Ahmed Nagi believes that Nigeria manager Samson Siasia is using bully-boy tactics to hide his fear ahead of their double header in Group G of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. In a report by Africanfootball.com Nagi claimed Siasia was only making morale boosting statements to hide the state of his mind.
On Tuesday the Nigeria coach had said the Super Eagles could thrash the Pharaohs just as they did in 1977. Nigeria thrashed Egypt 4-0 in Lagos in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Siasis said, “We can recreate October 1977; why not? The home-boys have come in and full training has commenced. Everyone is rearing to go. By the time the foreign-based players arrive, the competition will be what we want.”
But the Egyptian official is seeing the game differently.
“Siasia’s statements won’t affect Egypt players, or the coaching staff,” Nagi said on television on Wednesday.
“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. And we also respect the Nigeria team, as they are strong opponents, so I hope to achieve a positive result.”
The Egyptians are leading the group with six points having beaten Tanzania and Chad. The first leg of the game against Nigeria will be played in Kaduna on March 25 before they host the Eagles in Alexandria four days later.
“The team will hold a camp March 19 as the squad will be announced after the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup games. Then we will fly to Nigeria on 23 March in a private jet to Kaduna,” Nagi added.