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EXCLUSIVE | Nigeria boss Samson Siasia: Egypt should respect us

Nigeria manager Samson Siasia highlights the importance of his side’s encounter against Egypt later this month.

The Super Eagles are set to go head-to-head in a crucial double header against the Pharaohs later this month, in what will probably decide the winners of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.

Speaking exclusively to KingFut, Siasia expressed his delight over taking helm of the Nigerian national team.

“It is a privilege to get this position. Of course I want to remain with the team after the qualifiers.

Siasia’s last spell as Super Eagles manager did not end well as the nation failed to qualify to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I learned from my previous spell. I did not lose while in charge but in the end I was fired,” Siasia told KingFut.

“It will be a very difficult match against Egypt. We respect Egypt but they should respect us too. I am definitely not afraid; we are playing at home and should have the backing of our fans to win the match.

With some of Egypt’s national team players abroad performing well with their clubs this season such as Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hassan Koka and Mohamed Elneny, Samson Siasia is adamant his side will do what is necessary to bring home the six points from both matches.

“We are going to take precautions to win at home. In the end, it is how you play and limit them from scoring, and scoring yourself,” said Siasia.

“Of course we want to win and make the Nigerian fans happy,” concluded the 48-year-old.

Nigeria, who are two points off first placed Egypt in the qualifying group, are set to face the Pharaohs on the 25th of March in Kaduna, before playing the return leg in Alexandria four days later.

Operations and Business Development Manager of KingFut. Degree in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo. Manchester United fan.

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