Super Eagles To Face Egypt In Friendly On March 26

Super Eagles To Face Egypt In Friendly On March 26

The Super Eagles of Nigeria and Pharaohs of Egypt will do battle in a friendly encounter on March 26, 2019, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The venue for the high profile game is however yet to be named.

The encounter will come up three days after Nigeria’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Seychelles.

The Egyptian Football Federation confirmed the friendly match on their official Twitter handle on Thursday.

“The Egyptian Football Federation (FFA) has received approval from Nigeria for a friendly match between the two countries in Nigeria on March 26 during the international window, which will also see the last national team qualifiers against Niger in Niamey between March 22-24.

The Super Eagles booked their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-1 draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in November.

The Pharaohs defeated the Super Eagles 1-0 the last time both teams met in a friendly match in March 2016.

The Egyptians have also secured a place in Africa’s showpiece event.

Egypt and South Africa have submitted bid to host the competition after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights.

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COMMENTS

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  • Isaac 3 months ago

    Nice job NFF. The FIFA window is going to be well utilized 

  • Omo9ja 3 months ago

    This is a big match. Egypt is one of the best team in Africa and no doubt the match is going to be an interesting one. Thank you NFF for this one.

    This match will show us where we are and I believe we are not the favorite to win the Afcon 2019 but impossible is nothing. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • My brother, we are the favourite, forget FIFA ranking

    • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

      Omo9ja hahahaha you don high sha! Truth is bitter but sweet in your mouth o

    • Jones 3 months ago

      Na bad belle go kill you las las

    • But why do you believe we are not favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations?

      We are the 4th most successful nation in the tournament’s history only behind Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana.

      We are the joint second nation in the tournament’s history (along with Ghana) when it comes reaching the semi-finals having done so 14 times. Egypt are 1st with 15 semi-finals appearances.

      Okay, we presently don’t boast of any world class players in the Super Eagles (only because the likes of Iheanacho and Iwobi aren’t consistent enough)

      However, be in no doubt, the Super Eagles currently boasts of some of the most exciting talents in African football and as a team, will be a hard nut for any team to crack on the continent.

      Currently the 4 highest African team in the fifa rankings, a certain Nigerian striker is currently 2nd joint highest goal scorer in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.

      In Rohr, we have a coach with proven track record of being able to get the best results against some pretty tough African oppositions.

      International football observers will be shocked at the assertion that Nigeria “are not favourites to win the Afcon”!

      If Nigeria are not among the favourites, who is????

      *** I am not saying we will definitely win it but surely Nigeria should be seen by any prudent observer as one of the serious contenders for the trophy! ***

      • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

        It is Libya and South Africa sir. They are the ones that are the favorites. That’s the way hatred makes one think…..without logic or reason.
        I don’t expect anything less from the people who have been praying tooth and nail for the the sack of the coach. Even when he qualified us with a game to spare, they still called for his sack. Their wish definitely would be for the eagles to be knocked out in the 1st round.
        They’ve not had anything to rejoice about in a long while, so they are desperately looking forward to the downfall of the team so they can pop champagne and celebrate

    • Omo9ja 3 months ago

      My people in the house, let me quickly explain what I meant by saying we were not the favorite.

      No1, do we have a complete team? Aba, I don’t think so.

      Even, coach Rohr can not come out and say Nigeria will win the tournament because we are not there yet. Sorry, I don’t deceive people.

      No2, let’s forget about the history for now and face the reality of life. This current team is work in progress and if you guys doesn’t believe in my words, go on YouTube and watch Nigeria vs Libya, an away match. Then, you will agreed with me, I omo9ja that we are not the favorite.

      Not that we can not win the Afcon. Yes we can but the coach in charge of the team refused to try new thing such as new goalkeepers, new set of defenders and strikers. At least, he should give them a trial.

      If you guys say no time to do so, no wahala. I will like to call your attention back to Afcon 2000. I hope we all remembered “Furo Iyeneme”? How about Julius Aghahowa? These gentlemen were not part of the Super Eagles team then but they proved their worth to be among the team.

      I’m not saying coach Rohr is not capable of doing so but ask yourselves, can he? Sorry my people this is a bitter truth o. You asked me questions and I’m answering them one by one.

      However, coach Rohr have done well so far but what he need to add to his work is self confidence.

      In life, we need a little bit of risk to be successful. Please don’t get me wrong ooo. Risk in a positive way that I’m talking about.

      Let me clarify that to you my people.
      I would to use Super Falcons as an example.

      Super Falcons coach knew that his team did not have good preparation before the Afcon tournament in Ghana but he took a risk by adding young players with the experience ones and he installed one thing in that team that I’m expecting mr. Rohr to begin to do. What is it, “never say die spirit”

      Even, when Falcons were beaten by the South Africans in their opening match,the coach told the players to proved their worth throughout the tournament and the ladies reacted very well.

      In fact I can continue this way till tomorrow for more explanations but all I’m saying is that we all need be patient with team because by putting more pressure on them won’t yield anything good.

      So therefore, @Chima E Samuels, funny you bro lol.

      @Jones, thanks a lot for wishing yourself this. Good luck.

      @deo, If Nigeria are not among the favourites, who is????

      Thank you chief for asking me such a question sir. Senegal, Morocco and Egypt the are favorites. We are not among them.

      We must be lucky if we eventually wins the Afcon 2019. Mr. Victor ikpeba also said it immediately after the Angola match that he doesn’t think Super Eagles can win the tournament.

      @Sunnyb, thank you big man. You have said it all bro. In fact,u you nailed it no be small. What else can I say fa? We are on the same page my man. We needed to tell ourselves the bitter truth before the tournament begins.

      Lastly, Naija no dey carry last. If we don’t win Gold, there is silver or bronze medals awaiting us. But to be honest, I would love my Country to take that Gold medal lol. Happy Friday my lovely people. May God crown all our efforts. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • Adisboy 3 months ago

        My friend, this is Africa. No team is that good or in your words “complete”. Even a blind man can see that we are one of the favourites together with Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and maybe Ghana.

        • The last Nigerian team to win the AFCON was anything but “complete”.

          Yet they overcame a “complete” Didier Drogba-led Ivory coast en route lifting the trophy.

          Paradoxically, what that actually means is that ANY TEAM can win the damn thing!

          Having said that, like you said Adisboy, even Stevie Wonder will be able to “see” Nigeria as one of the favourites for the tournament.

      • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

        “We needed to tell ourselves the bitter truth before the tournament begins”……..Pls tell us who on this forum has ever declared the nigeria will win the 2019 AFCON..???
        Verdict – No one that i know has ever come to this forum to declare the SE as winners of 2019 AFCON.
        .
        “No1, do we have a complete team? Aba, I don’t think so”….pls define what you mean bt a “COMPLETE TEAM” and kindly tell us which team in Africa currently has a complete team. Tell us which team has played all through the qualifiers with 100% same set of players.
        Verdit: – No team has a complete team until they have submitted their final 23 man list for the tournament to CAF
        .
        ” This current team is work in progress and if you guys doesn’t believe in my words, go on YouTube and watch Nigeria vs Libya, an away match. Then, you will agreed with me, I omo9ja that we are not the favorite”……are you reffering to the same match in which we beat the libyans in their own backyard…?? i was hoping you will refer to a match in which we performed so woefully and got beaten thoroughly…!
        Verdict – Our Agreggate score against libya in the qualifiers was 6-2. That means we werent in anyway woeful. Qalifiers are never pretty. the objective is always to get the points required no matter how it is gotten. No system is perfect…there’s always room for improvement. Only God is perfect.
        .
        “Yes we can but the coach in charge of the team refused to try new thing such as new goalkeepers, new set of defenders and strikers. At least, he should give them a trial.”….try out new sets of goalkeepers, defenders and strikers in competitive qualifying matches…? something like testing your weapon on the battle field..? Can you pls name these Goalkeeper, Defenders and Strikers that are extremely better than the 23 we have now…???
        Verdict – you don’t try out new players during important games, unless there is a crises….such as against cameroun when we ‘tried out’ ezenwa, against seyhelles when we ‘tried out’ Kalu and Collins. You only ‘try out’ new players with friendlies. We have only played 2 friendlies since the WC (liberia and Uganda) and the coach did try out new players. We already have loads of fringe players in the SE that we are still trying out….and those you are your cohorts are clamouring for are not even better that these fringe players….talk more of the 1st team players…so why will we be trying them out in important qualifying matches. if your prefered players arent better than our fringe players then they have zero business in the SE for now. They should wait for their time pls
        .
        “If you guys say no time to do so, no wahala. I will like to call your attention back to Afcon 2000. I hope we all remembered “Furo Iyeneme”? How about Julius Aghahowa? These gentlemen were not part of the Super Eagles team then but they proved their worth to be among the team.”……They werent ‘experimental’ players in the SE. Aghahowa had proven himself at Nig ’99 and was already playing in the U23 olympics qualifiers for sydney 2000 olympics in a team coached by Bonfrere Jo, same with Furo Iyeneme…so they werent new to the coach, he already KNEW them and was their coach at U23 level….moreover that were part of the pre-tournament camp and werent ‘strangers’ to the coach. the coach already KNEW them.
        Verdict – We have 2 matches in march (seychells & egypt) and a pre-tournament camp to try out A FEW NEW players. No coach goes into a tournament with players he doesnt know or has not coached before
        .
        “Super Falcons coach knew that his team did not have good preparation before the Afcon tournament in Ghana but he took a risk by adding young players with the experience ones and he installed one thing in that team that I’m expecting mr. Rohr to begin to do. What is it, “never say die spirit”……so Mr rohr has not been adding young players to his team abi…he has been ‘installing’ ‘always say die spirit’ in his team abi….thats why theyve qualified for two consecutive tournaments with games to spare.
        Verdict – Uzoho, Kalu, Chukwueze, Collins, Ajayi, Osimhen, Aina, Agu…these are all young players who made their debuts in the team under Rohr this year alone….i dont know which young players you are lookin for again if you want the coach to turn the entire team to u17 team kindly tell us. Under Rohr, We drew Algeria away, drew cameroun away, drew SA away, won libya and seychelles away……i dont know which neve say die spirit you want again. Thomas Denerby did not instill any never say die spirit in the falcons, they teams they played just couldnt raise their gave above that of the SF. The last time i checked, the Sf lost to france, lost 2 of their pre tournament friendlies and lost their opening match at AWCON. Stop lieing to us about a phantom ‘never say die spirit’
        .
        “In fact I can continue this way till tomorrow for more explanations but all I’m saying is that we all need be patient with team because by putting more pressure on them won’t yield anything good”……thank you very much keep your explanations to yourself….because you speak from both sides of your mouth. The same you that wants him to be sacked for qualifying us for AFCON with a game to spare….they same you who says he should take risks turns around in one fell swoop to say ‘we need to be patient with the team and not put pressure on the team’.
        You dont even know where you stand

  • Chairmanfemi 3 months ago

    Wow… Kudos to NFF. it going to be a tough test and a good encounter.

  • Sunnyb 3 months ago

    @Omo9ja, kudos to u bro for saying the obvious, we are not the favorite,semifinal would be wholeheartedly welcome.The Defence needs a lot of improvement, the goalkeeping department, then we have a very stubborn coach who wouldn’t mind playing iheanacho as our striker in an important match. Hopefully the coach would be bold enough by inviting more new young bloods. Kingsley Michael, Hilary Gong, Zubaru, Igbekeme, Odey.Sheyi Ojo

    • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

      …and when he does invite them we will become the indisputable winners….??? Very funny…. Lmao

    • Of those players only Stephen Odey has the chance to to break into the AFCON squad if he keeps scoring at the rate he is and even then Ighalo and Osimhen are ahead of him. The best the others you mentioned can hope for is a chance for the Qatar 2022 World Cup which will be after Ighalo, Mikel and maybe one other would have hung up their boots.

      Kingsley Michael and Hillary Gong play right of midfield or right wing and there is no way they will displace Kalu or Chukwueze in the squad unless they suffer an injury.

      Shebi Ojo has not changed alliance yet

      Zubairu and Igbekeme are behind Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi,Mikel Obi, Agu, Ogu, Onazi and Ajayi for defensive midfield and centre of the park

      All those players you mentioned should be able to fit into the under 23 team to give them exposure and experience for the future and I recommend this as their path to the super eagles.

      I fully expect the SE to reach at least the semi finals of AFCON 2019, this will class as success after not qualifying for 2015 and /017 consecutively. Senegal has become the bogey team for Nigeria and there is a reason they are number one in Africa right now. The North African trio of Tunisia (Africa #2) Morocco (Africa #3) and Egypt (Africa #5) are no pushovers either. We will have to be at our very best both tactic wise and player performance to get past them.

      Our squad more or less chooses itself now if all players are fit and in form, with only three or 4 positions up for grabs (one central midfielder, one left back, one top striker and maybe a goalkeeping spot). 

      • Jones 3 months ago

        Well sad @ BigD.
        Don’t mind those two clowns. Every day they bring out new names of players that should be invited. None of those mentioned players can break into the super eagles squad except maybe sheyi ojo(who is yet to switch allegiance to Nigeria) and Stephen odey who cannot bench any of the current strikers except maybe iheanacho.

  • Abah-fada 3 months ago

    Truth be told the Super Eagles are not the favourite going into the 2019 AFCON, but, we are among the strong contenders that can possibly win it. To me, the likes of Egypt and Senegal are the hot favourite.

    With our current form, I see the Super Eagles in the semis and possibly in the final, if the can take all their chances as the come.

  • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

    In 2012 Zambia was not the favorite to win….they won it. In 2013, Nigeria wasnt the favorite….we won it. In 2015, CIV wasnt the favorite….they won it. In 2017, cameroun wasnt the favourite….they won it.
    I dont care to what extent anybody wants to run down the super eagles, but the 2019 AFCON is not going to be won until the final whistle of the final match has been blown. As a matter of fact, i wouldnt even subscribe to the SE going into the tournament with the “favorites” tag in their heads….for a young team…..thats extremely dangerous and could be counter productive. Senegal has been perenial favourites for the past 20 years but their best has been one final appearance. Tunisia has been in the top 3 of african rankings for almost 10years now…but i cant remember when last they won a medal at afcon after winning on home soil in 2004. So tip all the teams u wanna tip, rank all the 23 other teams above the SE all you like…..we will see who and who will be left standing when the time comes.
    But make no mistakes about it…..less the loss against SA in Uyo (which was plainly as a result of our own carelessness rather than the superiority of SA) the Super eagles has not lost to any african team (home or away) since g.Rohr took over, despite playing top nations like Cameroun & Algeria in highly treacherous qualifying games….and we did all these without some of the names some people are clamouring and fronting for on this forum. This certainly means the team as it currently is are no pushovers.
    The next afcon will surely be tough and very competitive with 24 teams battling for one trophy….but Nigeria as not gone so bad as not be be placed in the same league as Ghana, Cameroun, Senegal, Egypt & Morocco as teams that will probably be playing in that final match when the time comes. I will only agree with anyone that claims Nigeria is not amongst the favorites, if nigeria cannot be listed in the same pot as the countries i listed above. Like it or not, we are not outsiders like Niger, Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Madagascar etc…..we are not pretenders like Mali, Guinea, CIV, Uganda, Burkina faso, Cape Verde…..we are amongst the probables to play in the showpiece match

    • Adisboy 3 months ago

      Big D, spot on!! I am glad that there are people like you who are very objective. Some are too emotional forgetting that we are going to play the AFCON not the World Cup. In the AFCON there’s no Spain, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, France etc. Can someone in their right minds say we are that behind Senegal, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, etc. That last World Cup as a gauge on African teams. Not one made it to the second round but even though that was the case, only Nigeria and Senegal were close to qualifying from their respective groups and Nigeria’s Group was quite tough. As i said earlier even a blind man can see that we are one of the favourites for AFCON 2019 but as you know only one team can win but we have a SOLID chance.

  • Sunnyb 3 months ago

    Jones or whatever, u need to watch the way you  address ppl, nobody’s talking to you bro so pls stay in ur lane. You very disrespectful.

  • Dr. Drey you are welcome sir, oto ojo meeta, ope fun oluwa, e tun pada o…

  • It’s so interesting how this proposed friendly against AFrican giant,the pharaohs of Egypt is provoking reactions on this platform. Equally interesting is the arguments regarding the chances of Eagles winning the AFCON title, which she won last 5yrs ago in South Africa.

    Personally, I feel there’s no better team to prepare the Eagles adequately for the AFCON than the 6 time African champs who boasts the reigning CAF best player ,Mo Sallah.

    The Egyptians are team armed with alot of experiences, flair and tenacity, while it could be argued the present Pharoahs side can not be compared with the era of Aboutrika, and Ahmed brothers, Hossam Hassan yet the Mo Sallah inspired side with a sprinkle of players in Europe like Arsenal’s Mohammed Elneny, Trezequet who plays in Turkey’s league for Kasimpasa, a team which has NIgeria EMem Uduok are a team to beat any day.  

    The Egypt federation has alot going for them, from a well organised footbal leagues to state of the art stadia to bid for the AFCON.

    The Nigeria Super Eagles on the other hand are by no means a less  or inferior side to the Pharaohs going by their pedigree in the continent and abroad.
    In the last couple of years following the arrival of Genot Rohr, the national side has witnessed a tremendous progress and achievements with the statistics as back up. Under his watch, unlike under previous managers, the Eagles not only qualified for the world cup but also made it to the elusive AFrican cup of nations which she last participated in 2013 , in the same year she won it, in both qualifiers the Eagles qualified with a game to spare, a mark of strong showing and performance.
    Also the 3 time Afcon winner has witnessed a massive discoveries of vibrant young talents to the fold which is largely unprecedented in more than 20years, and many more on the fringes of joining them, particularly the players of Nigerian parentage like Felix Uduokhai, Lookman Ademola, Ejaria Ovie, Chuba Akpom, Seyi Ojo, Moses Odubajo of Brentford, Hull city defender, including those others who’re products of Nigeria leagues and youth system, Stephen Odey, Stephen Eze.

    One must admit that African football has come along way with tougher challenges from once smaller teams like Libya, Cape verde, Uganda, Congo, and the big boys too, Ghana, Tunisia, Cameroun, Algeria, Morroco, Egypt, Senegal, Mali also stepping up their games.
    In all of these, Nigeria team fancies her chances with attacking players in Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru- a skillful winger with impressive goal scoring ability, Samuel Ike Kalu- the ever improving and versatile winger, Simon MOses- Eagles most reliable player upfront during w/cup qualifier after V. Moses, Ihenacho, Samuel Chukwueze- Eagles latest teen sensatation in Europe with Victor Osimhen who has discovered his scoring form, viewed as Eagles future striker and long term replacememt for Ighalo, Ahmed Musa- Eagles interim capt and Eagles best tournament player in recent years, Isaac Success- Eagles forward with strong physicality, Samuel Emem Uduok- though not seen game time under Rohr but has shown great promise in Turkey.

    In the midfield, Eagles over the years has leaned on the strong and reliable shoulders of Mikel John Obi with his vast experience. With age slowly catching up on him, his recent absence has thrown up options in young and enterprising Arsenal’s Iwobi and Stoke city midfield ace Etebo who had a decent world cup outing, also available in the midfield is John Ogu, one of the oldest Eagles but with few caps despite his experience and versatility. The form and ratings of Ndidi Wildfred ONyinye is one that should excite any Nigerian football fan, he’s rated as one of the best tacklers of th ball with tireless limbs ehich he uses to great effect. AGU NDUBIUISI MIKEL is another defensive midfield lad whose recent form for both club and country warms the heart of many including the Eagles coach. AGU at 6ft 1 is dorminant with strong physicality, he is a threat in aerial duels,a hard tackler with impressive long range shooting power.
    Onazi’s form for Transzaspor in recent game is commendable and should be sustained.

    In the heart of the defence is the duo of Balogun and Ekong both of whom were Eagles central defence pair at the last world cup, enjoying a new lease of life at their respective club sides in England and Italy. They have been Eagles reliable pairs in the last 3yrs and are still getting better like old wine. Semi Ajayi came from the blues and has hit the ground running with solid perfromances in his recent games for the Eagles, the Ugamda game readily comes to man. AFCON winning defender Kenneth Omeruo has been a regular feature fir his la lIga side, proving a strong back up for the pair of Balo and Troost.

    Our once moribund wing backs ooze class and quality in the dispensation of Rohr with the influx of players like Tyrone Ebuehi, Bryan Idowu, Shehu Abdullahi, Ola Aina, and recent addition Collins Jamilu.

    The proper mix of these young talents with improved tactical inputs from Rohr and solid preparation by tue NFF  and barring injuries to key players, the Eagles are on track to coast home their 4th AFCON title.

    • Adequate in quantity ; readable in quantity. Thanks Fidelenny for another piece of digestible write-up.

      I’m loving it. 🙂

      • Thanks too @ Deo, following your lead.

        Our hope for the Eagles is to see them get back to their good old days of the 90’s where they were the toast of soccer fans across the continent and beyond.
        The era where the enterprising display of the SE became the soothing relief for agonising Nigerians in the era military maladministration.

        Can’t wait to see them rule Africa and subdue the world again …

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

    SuperEagles are always expected to play in the Semi Finals of every AFCON they’ve participated in. Therefore, we will definitely be one of the favorites to win the cup along the likes of Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia 

  • Abdul andah 3 months ago

    I learnt that the head of the Nigerian football federation Amaju Malvin pinnick is presently at loggerheads with the super eagles coach, Gernot Rohr over the stadium to honest the next two Nigeria upcoming matches:Seychelles and Egypt.
    Amaju wants the matches to be played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium (ASABA) while Rohr is agitating that the stadium is bumpy and does not permits his players to express themselves better.

    Pls, Pinnick give go ahead to the coach to stage the match in Uyo so that tthe super eagles players can give us good performance to salvo. 
    I understand that your choice of ASABA may be due to economic or political reasons but I believe that Nigeria is rich enough to sponsor super eagles matches in a better stadia like Uyo and many more without any Governor financial. Thanks. 

  • Asoko Emmanuel 3 months ago

    I will not single out a particular person for praise on this platform.You guys must be proud of yourselves as being the real back bone and support to SE.Really am amazed the level of support Nigerians give to our darlin team,if only the players can go through your write ups and analyses they will be much more motivated. I use this medium to celebrate u all as true heroes cheers.

  • Let us be positive my people. Always utter positive statement. With God all things are possible, so Nigeria can definitely win the 2019 cup.