AFCON Qualifier: Siasia, Others Warn Eagles against Libya


Former Super Eagles’ striker and coach, Samson Siasia has advised the Super Eagles ahead their double header African Cup Nations qualifier scheduled for Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya this Saturday.

“It is true that the Super Eagles did well at the World Cup but that should count for nothing in this encounter because this is a different case entirely. To play a team like Libya, it is not going to be easy.

“If you want to go to the Nations Cup, you must ensure that you are a team to reckon with, it is true that the Super Eagles played at the World Cup you know, but playing a team like Libya is not going to be easy.

“The fact is, do the Eagles know the Libyan players well? You cannot go to a party without knowing your enemy.

“The current Super Eagles’ players should make sure that they know the strength and weaknesses of the Mediterranean Knights in order to be in a better position to confront them. “If they know that; it will give them a better game plan to execute their plans,” Siasia advised.

Meanwhile, former international, Godwin Okpara has equally lent his voice ahead of the game and he says it is going to be very tough.

“Yes, it is not going to be easy. It is really going to be a tough game.

“What I would like our players to do is for them to just go there and do what they love to do, you know.

“They should just go right there and play their normal game and ensure that they secure victory,” Okpara said.

It is recalled that the Libyans in their encounter against second placed South Africa, secure a draw against the Bafana Bafana away in South Africa and as it is, they top the group with four points same with South Africa but with superior goal advantage.

That encounter was the second group game and in their first group game against the weeping boys of the, Seychelles, they ran away with victory and pocked the maximum points just like South Africa did against Nigeria in Uyo where the stunned Eagles with 0-2 win.

They Super Eagles are placed 3rd in their group with three points after beating Seychelles away in Victoria. It is only a point that separates both first placed and second placed teams from Eagles who are third on the log.

It is expected that Eagles will make the most of the opportunity by handing the Libyans comprehensive defeat to brighten their chances of securing one of the two tickets from the group for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition which Cameroon are billed to play host to.

Nigeria have not participated in the last two editions of the competition as they failed to qualify to defend the trophy they won in 2013 in South Africa in 2015 and again, the three time continental champions failed to make it last year.

It is hoped that the Gernot Rohr coached side will be able to secure a qualification ticket at the end of the qualifiers and possibly win the trophy to crown Amaju Melvin Pinnick’s exploits in Nigerian Football administration.

Also speaking, former Eagles’ goal tender, Ike Shorunmi said hark work cannot be substituted with laziness, hence there is need for the Eagles to work hard and ensure that Nigeria do not miss out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

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