By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
New Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has stated that Friday's 2017 AFCON qualifier against Egypt will be his biggest game so far in the colors of Nigeria, and his target is to keep a clean sheet, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers FC of England goalkeeper, with five caps as the Super Eagles number one, reckons that though he had played two friendly games against Cameroun and Congo, none of them can compare to the tension and excitement the Egypt game has generated.
"I have played some top games for Nigeria in my short time with the Super Eagles, but none of those two games compares with this one against Egypt, I guess because it is a top competitive game and against African football powerhouse. I am ready for the game and as usual, I will do my best to ensure that we win," Ikeme tells Completesportsnigeria.com .
"The target is to win the three points at stake, but my personal target is to keep a clean sheet by stopping them from scoring. The coaches have told us the importance of that match, and we are focused and looking forward to the game. The spirit is high and everyone is thinking about going to AFCON in Gabon.
"We are getting used to the weather which is very harsh and I think the Egyptians will suffer it more than us because this is our country. The hot weather should not be an excuse for us to fail. To tell you the truth, seeing the hunger in the boys, I don't see how Egypt will escape defeat, but we must be cautious because they play fast and are skillful," he states.
Also speaking on the match, goalkeepers trainer, Aloysius Agu says the coaches have conditioned the three goalkeepers to be mentally strong and ready for the game, adding that anyone who gets the nod to start will not disappoint
"The goalkeepers are in trim shape for the game and with God on our side, any one selected will do a good job. Egypt are good, but they will meet a very determined and motivated Super Eagles on Friday," Agu remarks.