AFCON: Dropped Sokari Backs U-23 Eagles To Beat Egypt

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Enyimba midfielder Kingsley Sokari is anticipating a difficult game for theU-23 Eagles in their second fixture at the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal, although he is confident his compatriots can get the job done.

Samson Siasia's team defeated Mali 3-2 on Sunday in what could be termed a 'lucky escape'.

Nigeria were leading 3-0 but let the Malians score twice to end the contest in frenetic fashion.

Sokari who was dropped just before the team jetted out to Gambia where they had the last lap of preparations for the second edition of the tournament spoke with

"Thank God for the win against Mali. The Malians are a very good team but we have good players too and a very experienced coach," the Enyimba midfielder told

"Now that Mali is out of the way it is Egypt on Wednesday. It will be another tough match but I trust my friends, they can do it. They will deliver. We just need to take our chances and not give in when they come at us.

"North African teams are very technical. They may not be as strong as our fellow West African rivals but you are sure the match against them will be as hard as the ones against teams from other parts of Africa." 

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Algeria is another North African foe that the U-23 Eagles will face in Group B of the tournament on Saturday.

Sokari's inability to be part of the team to Senegal was because of the insistence of some Enyimba players to leave the U-23 camp and be part of their club's last league game in Lagos.

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