Vanguard (Lagos)

21 February 2013

Egypt/Nigeria: Flying Eagles to Effect Changes for Rematch With Egypt

Abuja — Mr John Obuh, the Coach of the Flying Eagles on Thursday said that he would restructure his team as it prepared to lock horns with the Junior Pharaoh of Egypt on Friday in Cairo.

Obuh's remark is contained in a statement signed by the Media Officer, Sam Audu in Abuja.

The team had on Wednesday, defeated their hosts 3-1 in the first game in their buildup for next month's AYC in Algeria.

"I now have some solid information on at least three of the strikers who played on Wednesday.

"Overall, they kept much to my instructions, their marking was good and that forced the other team to try and use the long ball. Their stamina and attitude was equally good.

"But I expect a bigger fight from Egypt. Probably, we will get this in our next game," Obuh said.

The rematch will kick off at 7 p.m. Nigerian time at the Degla Stadium.

The statement added that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has already sent out its Technical Department officer, Rafiu Yusuf to have a close look at the Gabon, one of the country's opponents.

Gabon had also locked horns with Benin on Wednesday in Cotonou, and lost 3-2, after battling to a 1-1 draw with the Benin side in Libreville prior to their mid-week clash.

Gabon had also defeated Benin 1-0 before they battled to a 1-1 draw.

The Flying Eagles will face debutants Gabon on March 20 in a Group B encounter. NAN

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