Nigeria will resume their quest for a spot at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations against Egypt this Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
The Super Eagles trail group leaders the Pharaohs of Egypt by two points which make the game more important considering the Eagles cannot afford to drop more points.
The winners of the group pick the sole ticket for Gabon 2017 which adds more importance to the game.
Preparations for the game have not exactly been top-stacked considering Nigeria will be having a third coach and a third captain less than a year after the qualifiers started.
Stephen Keshi, who led Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Chad in the first game of Group G, was ousted by the Nigeria Football Federation and replaced with Sunday Oliseh.
His reign barely lasted seven months as he unceremoniously resigned from his post citing breach of contract amongst other sundry accusations.
Samson Siasia has been saddled with the responsibility the Super Eagle albeit on a temporary basis as the Afcon qualifier against Egypt looms in the background.
Nigeria have had three captains in the course of the Afcon qualification. Vincent Enyeama, Ahmed Musa and now John Obi Mikel (pictured above).
It will be Siasia’s first game in charge since failing to qualify Nigeria for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, a feat he will do to avert with the back-to-back games against the Pharaohs a stern test for the former FC Nantes player.
Nigeria and Egypt have had a long history between the two sides across all levels of football over the years.
The first time the two sides met at full international level was in January 1960 with Nigeria edging the Egyptians 2-1.
There has been 16 other matches since then with Nigeria winning six times, losing five and drawing five in a 56-year period.
Egypt, like Nigeria, missed the last edition and will try to make up for lost time.
The Pharaohs, seven-time winners of the Afcon, missed the last three editions and have handed coach Hector Cuper the mandate to get them back to the premier African football event.
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