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A 50- man team of the Egyptian National team on Sunday breezed into Asaba , the Delta State Capital brimming with optimism ahead of the international friendly match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The team, which landed at about 1.40 pm, proceeded to the Golden Tulip Hotel Camp escorted by men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and Department of State Security Service (DSS).
Assistant coach of the team, Tito Garcia Sanjvan said the team was coming with a winning mentality.
He added the friendly match was important to the team being the last FIFA window before the Nations Cup holding in Egypt.
According to him: “We play always to win. We try to do our best.For us it is an important because Nigeria is a very tough team. It is important because it is our last match before the tournament for our young players.”
He said testing the young Egyptian team away against Nigeria will help toughen them.
He said the match will provide opportunity for the team coaches to introduce more young players.
Sanjvan regretted the Egyptian team could not get the three points in their last group game against the Menas of Niger Republic, stressing that team improvement was uppermost as the young players learn.
Sanjvan said the Egyptian team stands a good chance of emerging champions at the 2019 Total African Nations Cup, adding that Algeria, Morrocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal can win the African Nations Cup.
His words: “There are 5 or 7 teams in the tournament that can win the Nations and Nigeria is one. This type of tournaments is difficult to predict so we take it step by step”.
He said the team will be led by Arsenal Superstar, Mohammed Elneny and Soulyaman of Al Ahli, adding that some key first team players like Liverpool star Mahmoud el Salah and a host of others will miss the friendly match with Nigeria.