Pharoahs of Egypt assistant coach Tito Garcia says they are going to do their best to beat Nigeria in today’s (Tuesday) friendly encounter at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
Egypt had two games scheduled for this month’s international break. Their first game ended in a 1-1 draw with Niger in their final AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
The Pharaohs had already secured qualification for the final tournament after securing 12 points from five rounds, on the top of being the tournament’s hosts after winning the hosting rights in early January.
Their upcoming game will be a tough challenge against Nigeria away from home. However, Garcia believes that the Pharaohs are capable of beating the Super Eagles.
“This is a very important match, because Nigeria is a strong team and it is our last friendly match before the tournament,” Garcia was quoted by Kingfut.com.
“We are going to do our best to win. Of course, we are a strong team, but Nigeria is also a strong team. To us, this match is critical and we have a crop of young players here and the right players for the match.
“We have 24 players on board for Tuesday’s friendly with Nigeria, with the whole delegation numbering about 50.”
The last time Egypt faced Nigeria away from home was in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The Pharaohs managed to secure a last-gasp draw following a Mohamed Salah strike to go on and beat Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria and qualify for the AFCON for the first time since 2010.