Mikel, others get March 21 deadline

Super Eagles’ caretaker Chief Coach Samson Siasia, has declared March 21st as the deadline for the arrival of foreign based Eagles in Kaduna for the first leg of the double header of Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifying matches between host Nigeria and visiting Pharaohs of Egypt.

Siasia, who also doubles as the Dream Team VI handler, told Sportinglife that it was important for every player invited for the two matches to be on ground latest that date for them to have some time to adapt to the hot weather condition in Kaduna and to be able to get used to the philosophy and tactical aspect of the game.

The Eagles coach, who did not hide the fact that it would be a difficult match against Egypt in Kaduna, was still confident of his players beating the Egyptians in Kaduna and after would apply another strategy to outwit the five times Africa Nations Cup winners at their backyard in Alexandria.

“The spirit in camp is very good and everybody is fighting hard to snatch a shirt in the team. We don’t have to wait for the foreign based players to come before starting work. The home based players are professional players too and they are used to the weather here which may be another big deciding factor. If they do well at the training they have a big chance of playing against Egypt.

“So the deadline for the foreign based to come to camp should be March 21 because we will move to Kaduna the next day”, Siasia disclosed.

“We have to plan how we play. We don’t want to say everything now because it is a global village and we won’t like to reveal all our secrets and plans to the media. The Team Secretary, Dayo Enebi has been in constant contact with the foreign based players.

“I have also been sending messages to the ones that have been playing, wishing them good luck and injury free match before they play their league matches and they have been responding to the text messages too”, he disclosed.

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