By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari has called on Nigerians to rally round Samson Siasia to ensure that the Super Eagles beat their Egyptian counterparts in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna.
Maigari believes Siasia has the experience and technical ability to lead the Super Eagles and beat the Pharaohs of Egypt, but adds that the coach needs all-round support from Kaduna fans and the entire Nigerian football fans
"It is going to be a very tough encounter as the Egyptians are desperate to make a return to the AFCON after missing the last three, but Nigeria are also desirous of being in Gabon after missing out at the last edition in Equatorial Guinea and will not compromise victory in this first leg tie in Kaduna," Maigari tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
"My advise to Siasia is to select players who are ready to fight all through the game whether they are foreign based or home boys. He should remove sentiment in team selection and must get his tactics right to beat the Egypt. They will come with all kinds of antics to frustrate the Super Eagles and get a result in the first leg."
The Bauchi born football administrator also calls on Nigerians to pray for the Super Eagles to excel in the two-legged qualifier, and charges the players to double their efforts and beat Egypt in the first leg and go all out in the second leg in Alexandria next week.