By David Meshioye:
Word was rife in Abuja that the Egyptian FA is leaving no stone unturned to get hold of this weekend’s AFCON 2017 qualifier between the Super Eagles and Chad, billed for Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
Complete Sports decent source scooped that the move by the Egyptian FA to get Nigeria versus Chad match footage, is in line with coach Hector Cuper ‘s programmes to ensure The Pharaohs qualify for Gabon 2017, having missed out on three editions.
Indeed, the investigation was confirmed when Cuper exclusively revealed to Complete Sports in a telephone chat, that he is determined to comb all nooks and crannies of Nigeria to secure Super Eagles latest footage because he would work with it as the qualifiers progress.
“I know lots of Nigerian players abroad but my plan is to make sure we get their tapes and see how football is played in their league. I need to study Nigeria’s tapes and prepare hard for them,” he said.
Egypt face Tanzania in other qualifiers and would attempt to qualify ahead of Nigeria in a bid to avoid the best losers’ spot. It remains to be seen how Super Eagles intend to avoid some of the pitfalls that characterized the last qualification, which saw Nigeria losing to Congo Brazzaville and Sudan respectively. The Pharoahs beat Malawi 2-i in an international friendly on Monday.