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AFCON; Fans Urge Super Eagles To Play Cohesively

Some football fans in Lagos have urged the Super Eagles to play as a unit in order to triumph over the Pharaohs of Egypt on Friday, reports.

The fans gave the advice on Thursday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on the qualifier for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday in Kaduna.

They said that the Super Eagles would be able to get the job done against their North African opponents if they played cohesively.

One of the fans, Kayode Lawal, an Insurance Marketer, told Correspondent that the calibre of players in the Super Eagles camp was a morale booster of sorts.

“With the likes of Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo coupled with their current form in the English Premier League, I believe they will deliver.

“Most importantly, they need to play as a cohesive unit, by so doing our victory is certain,” he said.

Another, a website designer, Kwamdeen Adams, said that the team should remain focused.

“I want to believe that they were taken to Kaduna away from Lagos, Abuja and Calabar in order to focus, and they need to take advantage of that,” Adams said.

Kolawole Akinola a school proprietor was of the view that the team should strive to understand the pattern of play of the Egyptians and react accordingly.

“They don’t need to play defensive football but they should also have an attack minded approach,” Akinola said.

Another avid fan, Oluwajomiloju Xavier, a student of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently on vacation, stressed that the Eagles must adopt a winner’s mentality.

“Since most physical battles are first of all won in the mind, I believe that with confidence and a positive mind state the team should win” Oluwajomiloju said.

Meanwhile, Kemi Olabisi, an accountant said that with a coach of Samson Siasia’s experience and pedigree in managing top players, beating the Egyptians should be a walk in the park.

“I strongly believe in the pedigree of Siasia as a coach, if only the players will adhere strictly to his style and give us the victory that we need,’’ Olabisi added.

The Pharaohs are currently leading Group G with six points and followed by the Super Eagles with four points.

The winner of the group would qualify automatically for the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), while the runners-up would have to qualify through a play-off.