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Siasia 4 – 0 North African Teams: History Books Sound Warning To Egypt 

The Super Eagles will welcome Egypt on Friday, March 25, in a crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna.

 

Though Super Eagles  interim coach Siasia will be meeting, for the first time,  the senior national team of any North African country, he has not lost to any North African team at youth level. In the past, Siasia had only led Nigeria's youth teams to play against the youth sides of North African nations. With Nigerian youth teams, Siasia has played against North African teams six times. He won four, and the other two ended in draw.

 

‎In this piece, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, makes a detailed note of how Siasia has fared in previous encounters against North Africans.

 

 

NIGERIA 5 – 3pen MOROCCO: (S/FINALS, 2005 CAF U-20 AFCON)

 

After navigating through the qualifiers, Samson Siasia qualified the Flying Eagles for the CAF U-20 Cup of Nations in Benin Republic.

 

The team had a flawless group stage performance, winning all three matches with ease. But it was in the semi-final against the young Atlas Lions of Morocco that things got a little trickier.

 

Both teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after 120 minutes of football, and needed the lottery of penalties to decide who goes through into the final. 

 

And in the penalty shootout, Siasia's Flying Eagles side converted all five of their kicks to win 5-3 and progress into the ‎final.

 

NIGERIA 2 – 0 EGYPT (FINAL, 2005 CAF U-20 AFCON)

 

The Flying Eagles met another north African country, Egypt, in the final of the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

 

And at the end of 90 minutes, a brace from skipper Promise Isaac, gave the Flying Eagles a 2-0 win. It was the Eagles fifth title and also the first time they were winning it since 1989.

 

And it was Siasia's first ever title for Nigeria after being appointed a national team coach. 

 

 

NIGERIA 3 – 0 MOROCCO (S/FINALS, 2005 U-20 W/CUP)

 

Coach Siasia's Flying Eagles crossed path with Morocco again, this time in the semi-final of the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands and once again emerged victorious.

 

Unlike in the Africa U-20 semi-final clash in Benin Republic, the Eagles made light work of the Moroccans, winning 3-0.

 

Goals from Taye Taiwo, the late Adefemi Olubayo and Chinedu Obasi, secured the convincing win for the Flying Eagles.

 

NIGERIA 2 – 2 EGYPT (GROUP STAGE, 2015 U-23 AFCON)

 

Siasia took over as head coach of the U-23 Eagles and qualified them for the second edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal.

 

After managing to see off Mali 3-2 in their first group game, the U-23 Eagles met Egypt in their second group game but could only manage a 2-2 draw.

 

Oghenekaro Etebo put the U-23 Eagles two goals up from the penalty spot. But the Egyptians clawed their way back into the game, levelling up in the second half. 

 

NIGERIA 0 – 0 ALGERIA (GROUP STAGE, 2015 U-23 AFCON)

 

Siasia's side came across another North African foes, this time Algeria in their final group B match of the 2015 U-23 AFCON.

 

Both teams needed to avoid defeat and hope already an already eliminated Mali beat Egypt in the group's other game which was going on 

simultaneously.

 

And at the end of the game which ended goalless, both Nigeria and Algeria progressed into the semi-final.

 

NIGERIA 2 – 1 ALGERIA (FINAL, 2015 U-23 AFCON)

 

Following their surprised 1-0 win against hosts Senegal in the semi-final, Coach Siasia's U-23 Eagles and Algeria met in the final of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal. 

 

It was the second time coach Siasia will be meeting a North African side in a major final after beating Egypt 2-0 at the U-20 Cup of Nations in 2005.

 

And once again, his side was victorious, winning 2-1, thanks to a brace from Oghenekaro Etebo who also emerged the tournament's highest goal scorer with five goals.

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