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Egypt Assistant Coach, Salgado: Nigeria Favourites At AFCON 2019

Egypt Assistant Coach, Salgado: Nigeria Favourites At AFCON 2019

Egypt national team assistant coach, Michel Salgado, has stated that the Super Eagles are favourites to go far in competing for the title at the 2019 AFCON in their country, Completesports.com reports.

Salgado agrees with the head coach Javier Aguirre submission that the Pharaohs’ 1-0 loss to the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s international friendly match in Asaba was a good test for them.

Paul Onuachu grabbed the match winner for the Super Eagles eight seconds into the game to record their first win over Egypt in 29 years.

“Nigeria are one of the strongest African teams, and they are favourites to go far in the African Cup of Nations,” Salgado told OnSport, an Egyptian online media outlet.


“The game against Nigeria was a tough test and a huge challenge for us. It was a chance for the new and young players to prove they deserve the chance to play for the national team.”

Egypt, seven-time winners of the Africa Cup Of Nations, will be gunning for their eighth title on home soil when the tournament holds from June 13 to July 15 2019.

By Johnny Edward

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  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Of course we can win the nations cup we have everything from the coaches to playing staffs everyone is solid and ready to fight right to the end to achieve this possible tasks.
    Apparently,a good selection from the technical department is vital in achieving this mission.
    My 23 for Egypt below.

    Gks. Akpeyi,Ezenwa,Uzoho.

    Dfs. Balogun, Omeruo,Ekong,Collins,

    Mds. Azubuike,Mikel,Ogu,Ndidi,Iwobi,

    Atk. Musa,Ighalo,Kalu,Chukwueze,


    Gk. Uzoho.

    Df. Kalu,Collins,Balogun,Omeruo,Ekong.

    Md. Ndidi,Ogu,Mikel.

    At. Musa,Ighalo.

    This is a possible nations cup winning team and roster.

    • Unique 3 years ago

      I agree with you but I prefer skillful Moses Simon over Kalu

    • Where are Tyrone Ebuehi, Chidozie Awaziem and Mikel Agu in your team list? Bar injury, these 3 are likely to be in the final squad. I doubt Rohr is a fan of Azubuike.

      • Greenturf 3 years ago

        Rohr said he has Azubuike in his plans but for the under 23 assignment Zubby would have been in the mix for the games against the Seychelles and Egypt respectively.
        Recently,Ajayi has leapfrogged Awaziem in the pecking order however recent development in Turkey with Rizespor means Awaziem also has a strong claim owing to a run of wins in the league and tieing down a starters shirt at Rizespor coupled with good performances yes he has a chance.
        Well for crocked Ebuehi,I doubt his chances of making the roster only due to fitness issues but after the nations cup he should be fit enough to be part of our future plans.
        Meanwhile,Ebuehi could be drafted to the Olympics where it’s gradually becoming the next dream team after Atlanta 96 squad.

        • Greenturf 3 years ago

          Mikel Agu has fitness problems let say he recovers in time but with Zubby in camp I do not see anyone stopping him (Zubby)from making the roster.
          Apparently,Zubby is among our top five best midfielders on merit.

  • Gideon S 3 years ago

    I concur with you on the 23 man squad,, how I wish Simeon could make it…but not all will make it..

    I can’t comment on 3 5 2 form cos our coach is dicey..

  • wha kind of nonsense post is this?? “nigeria will go far in competing for the title”. while u and the 3 other country are favourite’ while we will only go far. total trash. keep downgrading the eagle…u (egypt) will not even go past semi final bet me…mark my word.

    • @Iluwa Thanks. I thought I was the only one who saw this sarcastic post. I’ve kept my fingers crossed. I was so thrilled by Onuachi’s blistering goal. It’s not everyday that you find a goal scored in the first 10 seconds.

  • _Egypt Vs Nigeria Part 2?_

    As I was reading up on the timetable for the draw to place teams in group for the forthcoming Afcon in June, what quickly became apparent to me was that our Super Eagles may yet face Egypt in the group stages with an opportunity for Salah and co. to exert their revenge for the recent 1:0 friendly loss against us.

    The draw, which will take place on 12 April in Cairo, will see the 24 teams seeded into 4 pots based on the CAF National Team rankings. The 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams.

    Apparently, the seedings was determined taking into account the performance of the qualified teams during the following competitions:

    • Africa Cup of Nations final tournaments (2013, 2015, 2017)
    • Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers (2015, 2017, 2019)
    • March 2019 FIFA World Rankings

    As it stands, we may have to look forward to juicy group stage encounters between Ighalo and co. against any of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon or Sadio Mane’ Senegal ; oh! I can’t wait.

    *there is also the possibility of facing Amuneke’s Tanzania in the group stages*

    Pot 1: Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast , Tunisia Senegal
    Pot 2: Morocco, Nigeria, Algeria, Guinea, Mali and DR Congo
    Pot 3: Uganda, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Zimbabwe, Angola and Burundi
    Pot 4: Mauritania, Namibia, Benin, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania.

    • deo’s group stage simulator

      I simulate Nigeria to be in Group D comprising of: Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbawe, Benin.

      or: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Angola, Tanzania

      Or lastly: Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Madagascar

      *All easy groups; all groups to which Nigeria will be expected to progress to the second round (with ease I might add).