By Johnny Edward:
AS Monaco defender, Elderson Echiejile, is under no illusions about the task of facing the Pharaohs of Egypt later this month in their two-legged 2017 African Nations Cup qualifiers in Kaduna and Alexanderia, branding it "a huge challenge".
The 28 year old is the only surviving player of the 2010 squad that beat the Harambee Stars of Kenya 3-2 at the Kasarani stadium to pick the sole ticket for the World Cup in South Africa having trailed Tunisia in the group. A feat the former Stade Rennes and SC Braga star believes could also serve as a motivation against the Hector Cuper side who he says are beatable.
"We have had big one-off games in the past and responded well. I believe we can do that again on this month in Kaduna and inAlexandria against Egypt, Echiejile told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We have to be on our game to s and I have confidence in the players to do it."
"Credit to Egypt, but we can beat them if we are on our game.We know that, and we just have to get our heads down for the game.
The Monaco defender also warns that the new look Samson Siasia's side cannot afford to repeat their insipid showing in recent games against a technically gifted Egyptian side.
"They are very technically intelligent. The Egyptian teams I have played against all seemed to have that individually.
"They have great players up front – I've watched them a few times. Mohammed Salah's form is amazing – his all-round game and his finishing. And the other players we all know about anyway.
"In Elneny and Moteb, they have two fantastic midfield players. I can't speak highly enough of them actually. Elneny has come on and really impressed at Arsenal in the few games he has played. It's going to be a battle ground because they are very strong in there."