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EXCLUSIVE | Emmanuel Amunike speaks about Egypt encounter
Former Zamalek and FC Barcelona star Emmanuel Amunike speaks to KingFut about the Super Eagles’ encounter against Egypt.
Nigeria are set to go head-to-head against Egypt twice in the span of five days in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in just under 10 days.
Amunike, who was recently appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation along with Samson Siasia to guide the Super Eagles to the the Africa Cup of Nations, expressed his views regarding the highly anticipated double-header.
Regarding Nigeria’s chances against Egypt, Amunike told KingFut: “I think our chances are bright. Egypt have a good team, good players, we respect them but they should also respect us.
“We are not bothered about it, we also have a very good team and good players.
The Super Eagles staff called up over 40 players for the national team camp in preparation for Egypt. Several critics have questioned the decision to call a huge number of players for this encounter, with around 20 players plying their trades abroad, especially after Egypt manager Hector Cuper called up just five Egyptians playing in Europe.
“We do what we have to do,” Amunike said.
“You might see it as too much players being called up but we do not. Egypt called up 25 players and it’s up to them to do what they want but we do what we have to do, what we see suitable,” the 45-year-old continued.
Many view these two matches as a crucial point to decide if Siasia, Amunike and the rest of the coaching staff will retain their place on the bench until the Africa Cup of Nations. Amunike said that no matter what happens he was privileged to be given such responsibility.
“It is not for me to say what will happen later, I don’t know. I’m with the Super Eagles now and with the youth, everyone is supporting me, the federation and the Nigerian fans, so it is a privilege,” Amunike told KingFut.
“I am always giving my best no matter what position I am given, always giving 100%. It’s a privilege to be given this position by my country,” concluded the U17 World Cup Champion.