• Only a ‘united Nigeria’ can conquer Pharaohs, Oliseh pleads


    Oliseh celebrates a goal with Super Eagles players
    Oliseh celebrates a goal with Super Eagles players
    • Dream Team know Rio Olympics foes April 14
    Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has suddenly realized that it will take a ‘united Nigeria’ to beat the Pharaohs of Egypt in next month’s double-header 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.
    The Pharaohs currently sit on top of the group with six points from two matches while the Super Eagles are on four points after two matches. Nigeria will battle Egypt on March 25 with the reverse leg in Egypt few days later.
    To Oliseh, the task ahead is so enormous. He has urged the country to put behind recent misunderstandings so as to forge a united front that will beat Egypt next month.
    Oliseh has therefore urged that all be forgiven and forgotten after the country failed to go past the knockout stage of the 2016 CHAN, followed by his YouTube outburst and the fallouts thereafter.
    “We have to move on,” Oliseh told Mtnfootball.com. “The interest of our nation should come first. We have to fight Egypt and not ourselves now. We have to come together. Nigeria comes first. We have to be in Gabon (AFCON 2017) and Russia (2018 World Cup).” he pleaded.
    Meanwhile, Nigeria’s U-23 team will know their first-round opponents for this year’s Rio Olympics on April 14 at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
    Dream Team VI, as the Nigeria Olympic team are known, will represent Africa alongside Algeria and South Africa.
    Nigeria won the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Gold and were beaten by Argentina in the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China.
    Hosts Brazil and defending champions Mexico will be among the 16 teams to be drawn into four groups of the competition, which will be staged in August.
    Only one spot is left in the men’s football event – Colombia and USA will play off next month to decide that final spot.
    The tournament will be played in six Brazilian cities including Rio, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.
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