By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles midfielders Friday Ekpo and Edema Fuludu have backed Samson Siasia to lead the Nigerian national team to victory against the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Siasia was appointed coach of the Eagles on interim basis to take over from Sunday Oliseh who announced his resignation in the face of criticisms after Nigeria's ouster at the 2016 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda.
Ekpo and Fuludu spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com on the chances of the team to defeat Egypt and enhance Nigeria's quest to grace the AFCON in Gabon next year.
"Samson Siasia has been there before as Super Eagles coach and will not be deterred by the fact that his team are playing against Egypt," Ekpo said.
"The Egyptians are prepared for the game and I want to believe there have been some checks by the Eagles coaches on their opponents."
Speaking on the comments attributed to the Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick who declared that the federation will no longer hire a Nigerian coach for the Eagles, another former Eagles midfielder Fuludu believes that will not affect the focus of the coaching crew led by Siasia.
"I do not think Amaju Pinnick's comments will affect the coach's focus. I think the comment made by Pinnick was out of anger and there will be a rethink. It cannot and should not be a policy statement.
"The vicissitudes associated with football encapsulate flexibility.
"The players invited by Siasia I believe were on merit and tactical disposition," Fuludu stressed.