As the Super Eagles of Nigeria take on Egypt in an all important AFCON 2017 qualifiers in Alexandria Egypt, owngoalnigeria.com take a good at some reasons why the Super Eagles will triumph
1. PACY FORWARDs
The Pharaohs of Egypt neutralised the pacy of the Eagles attack by defending very deep in their half in the reverse tie played in Kaduna but in Alexandria they are expected to push up a bit which might potentially open up space for Ahmed Musa,Victor Moses,Moses Simon and even Odion Ighalo to run behind and do the damage.
2. OVERLAPPING FULL BACKS
In Kaduna the Egyptians played very narrow which made it almost impossible for the Super Eagles to utilise their full backs who all have potential to join attack and wreck havoc.
Amuzie made a whole lot of runs but was mostly forced inwards as the Egyptians defended their flanks by doubling up in defence but in Alexandria in front of their fans they will definitely take the game to Nigeria which will lead to an open play which might suit the Nigeria full backs.
3. STRONG BENCH
Not many people were aware that Aaron Samuel and red hot MLS goal kingpin Fanendo Adi didn’t make the match day squad yet Nigeria had a bench that has the likes of Aminu Umar,Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses.
The battle for shirts will definitely make whoever get to play want to justify his selection like Amuzia and Oghenekaro Etebo did in Kaduna which could spur them to victory in Alexandria.
4. INDIVIDUAL BRILLIANCE
With all due respect to the Egyptian team the individual abilities of the Nigeria side dwarfs theirs bar a few as they rely more on team play.
However games like this are sometimes decided by little margins from players with abilities to conjure something out of nothing either with smart dribbles,set pieces and even a pass that can open up space for the forwards to exploits.
5. EGYPT ARE UNDER PRESSURE
After missing the last three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament which they have won more than any other Africa nation they have never come this close to qualifying in a while.
The pressure of breaking the jinx of missing out on three consecutive AFCON tournament might work in the favour of the Super Eagles