The first of the two Group G fixtures between the Nigeria and Egypt will take place at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Friday.
Egypt possesses European football stars like Mohamed Salah of AS Roma, Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet of Anderlecht, Ahmed Hassan Kouka of Sporting Braga Portugal but Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia believes his players have what it takes to defeat the Pharaohs on Friday.
"Trust me, there will be no sentiment in selecting the team against Egypt on Friday. We have about seven training sessions for every player to show their readiness to play the game. I have invited them based on their current form in their clubs, now is the time for them to show Nigerians that what we see them do in Europe is real," Siasia told Completesportsnigeria.com
"I am thrilled by their various club performance and if they reproduce such forms here in Nigeria colour, I see no reason why Egypt will not be beaten soundly on Friday. The job demands total commitment from every player and official and with God on our side, we shall triumph over the two legs." "The response of players to camp, I must say was encouraging and it gives me the confidence that we are going to have a very good game on Friday. We don't fear Egypt. In fact, they should fear us because we won't give them any breathing space in Kaduna and Alexandria,"