By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
Interim head coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia is confident that striker Odion Ighalo who has been experiencing goal drought since the turn of the year, will score the goals that will sink the Pharaohs of Egypt when they clash in their two-legged 2017 AFCON qualifiers in Kaduna and Alexandria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Speaking with Completesportsnigeria.com in Abuja, Siasia said that Ighalo who has yet to add to the 14 goals he scored in the first half of the English Premier League, would score plenty goals for the Super Eagles against Egypt.
"I have been talking with Ighalo and I am confident he would score goals for me against Egypt. I am not worried that he has yet to score this year for his English premier league side Watford FC. Nigerians should be calm because Ighalo will score goals against Egypt in Nigeria and in Alexandria for the second leg," Siasia told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Siasia stated that Ighalo will rediscover his goals scoring boot for Eagles and Watford, adding that Egypt cannot stop Nigeria from scoring goals and going to AFCON in Gabon next year.
Siasia would also express his delight at the response of the home- based players to training, stressing that they are gearing up for shirt battle with the foreign based players
Siasia reiterated that if the home boys play better and show more hunger in training, he would feature them against the Pharaohs. He admitted that his only fear about the overseas- based players is whether they will be able to adapt to the hot weather of Kaduna
The former Super Eagles striker who is heading the coaching crew of both the senior national team and the Under-23 national side said handling the two jobs is not a distraction but a blessing as it would allow the home boys who fail to make the Super Eagles cut to join the Brazil bound U-23 team for friendly games this month