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Eagles Targets 13 Points To Qualify For AFCON

Posted: Sep 12, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

AfricanFootball.com has revealed that Super Eagles has targeted 13 points to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, according to the team’s officials.

Egypt is top of Group G with six points from two matches and a massive +7 goals difference.

Three-time champions, Eagles, which failed to qualify for the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea, has four points from two matches and so needs an additional nine points or three wins to advance to the AFCON, as the qualifiers allow for two best runners-up.

Therefore, the outstanding home matches against Egypt and Tanzania are must-win, so too the away qualifier in Chad.

Nigeria slugs it out with leaders, Egypt, in a double-header in March, before the team visits Chad in June and rounds up the qualifying series in September at home to Tanzania.

A top team official told AfricanFootball.com: “We sat down and did the permutation in Tanzania and we found out that qualification is still very much in our hands and usually, the best losers who qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations do so on 12 points, but to play safe, we are targeting 13 points.

“This will qualify us for the AFCON, notwithstanding Egypt’s other results in the qualifiers.

“And that is not taking into consideration the fact that we cannot beat Egypt in Cairo and Tanzania will not give Egypt a hard time at home as they did for us this month.”

He added: “Qualification is a priority and it does not matter if we go through as one of the best losers.”