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Underrate Egypt At Your Own Peril, Ikhana Warns Eagles

Posted: Mar 20, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Chibuike Chukwu, Lagos
Coach Kadiri Ikhana of Shooting Stars has asked Super Eagles players to desist from this media war of words and allow their boots to do talking when they play Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna this Friday.
He said in an interview that football is not won in the media rather on the field of play.
Consequently, he said that it was high time Super Eagles players allowed their boots to do the talking instead of engaging the Pharaohs in war of words.
“All I want to advice is that the players should take the match very serious. All these talks may not help on the match day,” he said.
“We have the players to overrun Egypt here and get a good result against them in their home, but the players have a huge role to play.
“There is extent to what a coach can do; he cannot enter into the pitch and play, so it is left for them to do the talking on the field of play because anything shot of seriousness will see us losing the match, God forbid,” he said.
Nigeria plays Egypt in Kaduna on March 25, with the return leg billed for Alexandria in four days time. The winner of the group automatically qualifies for the AFCON in Gabon in 2017.