When Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf listed the team to defend the colours of his team, the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Rangers International F.C in a matchday 2, Total/CAF Confederation cup 2019/2020 group A fixture against Al-Masry of Egypt, there were looks of determination on the faces of the players ahead of the crunch tie.
With the return of the troika of Ikechukwu Ibenegbu, Uche John and Ifeanyi George who all missed the 1-3 home loss to Pyramids F.C of Egypt on matchday 1, coach Yusuf is confident going into this encounter.
“No doubt we did not start the group stage the way we wanted. We made some mistakes and got punished. However, that has passed and we look forward positively to the second match against Al-Masry S.C. We are determined and confident of playing a good game that will fetch us a good result,” said coach Salisu as the team departed from Lagos on Friday.
He further said, “Sure, the return of some experienced campaigners from injury will to a large extent help our push in Egypt against a side that won away from home and also won a domestic cup match on Thursday. We appreciate the fact that our opponent is good but we are very determined and prepared to get something from the encounter.”
Al-Masry S.C complete with two Nigerians, Austin Amutu and Emeka Eze who cut his professional football teeth with the ‘Flying Antelopes’ are on a roller coaster ride in its last two matches scoring seven times and conceding twice but this does not put fear in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu who has seen many soccer battles as he said, “Yes, we have to give it to Al-Masry. They are a good side and the result is coming their way but we have what it takes to ruffle some feathers in Port-Said. Our backs is against the wall already and we need to spring back to action for our ardent supporters.”
The matchday 2 fixture will have Sudanese, El Fadil Mohamed Hussein take charge of proceedings at the centre with able assistance from his countrymen, Hamid Mohamed Ahmed, Mohamed Abdelgabar and Mohamed Fadul while Somalian, Amir Abdi Hassan was appointed match commissioner for the game expected to kick off at 16.00 hours (4.00 pm Nigeria time) on Sunday.