We are condemned to win, says Mikel, as delegation jets out to Alexandria

LUBANGO, ANGOLA - JANUARY 25: John Obi Mikel of Nigeria during the Africa Cup of Nations Quarter Final match between Zambia and Nigeria from the Alto da Chela Stadium on January 25, 2010 in Lubango, Angola. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Obi Mikel

Mikel Obi

Super Eagles’ Captain, John Mikel Obi, has assured Nigerians that they would get a good result against Egypt in the reverse leg of their Gabon 2016 African Nations Cup qualifier in Alexandria when both teams clash again tomorrow.

The teams ended the first leg of the tie in Kaduna 1-1 and are meeting again in Alexandria, Egypt tomorrow.

Speaking on the decisive clash, Mikel, who said Nigeria was condemned to beat Egypt tomorrow, agreed that the Eagles have to fight harder than they have ever done to snatch the three points at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in the Mediterranean coast.

“It’s a massive battle that we are going for, and there should be no illusion about it. We have to face reality, and everyone has to give more than 100 per cent because we just have to qualify for the Cup of Nations,” said Obi, one of Nigeria’s outstanding players when they won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa three years ago.

The midfield enforcer insisted there was no reason to panic following Friday’s draw, and pointed to the fact that there are still three more matches left in the campaign.

“We have to go to Alexandria and fight with everything we have. There are still matches to play and we have confidence that we will earn the ticket. We also call on Nigerians to believe in the team and continue to support us.”

After the clash with the Pharaohs in Alexandria on Tuesday, the Eagles will travel to Nd’jamena to battle the Le Sao of Chad in the first week of June, before hosting Tanzania in the final round of the series in the first week of September.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed that the players and officials will now travel to Alexandria today aboard a chartered flight, as against an earlier arrangement to fly the delegation aboard Egypt Air.

The team will fly direct to Alexandria and have the official training at the match venue this evening before tomorrow’s match.



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