By James Agberebi:
Emmanuel Amuneke has predicted a tough encounter between the Super Eagles and Egypt in Tuesday 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria.
The Eagles were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Egyptians in Kaduna on Friday.
And they must secure the three points on Tuesday to stand a realisitc chance of qualifying for the 2017 AFCON.
Speaking with cafonline.com, Amuneke called on the Eagles players to avoid committing silly mistakes whuch cost them in the first leg.
"From experience, Egyptians are very passionate about football and I'm not surprised the game will be played in Alexandria in order to guarantee maximum support,” Amuneke, who played club football in Egypt for Zamalek, said.
“The game on Tuesday would be different from last Friday’s (in Kaduna) where we unfortunately conceded a late goal. It's going to be tougher.
“We would have to apply a lot of wisdom and cannot afford some of the mistakes we made in Kaduna. I wouldn't subscribe to the notion that we were tactically naive against Egypt in Kaduna because that was a match we would have won with some luck.
“In football, you don't talk about what should have been but we are going to Alexandria with optimism and we would use our strength positively.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has informed that the Super Eagles would not be lacking fans' support in Alexandria on Tuesday with arrangements in place to ferry the team, government officials as well as fans for the decisive encounter.