Eagles Could Shock Egypt in Alexandria – Musa

By Mansur Abubakar From Kaduna,

Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa has said the tie against Egypt’s Pharaohs isn’t over yet as there’s another ninety minutes to play for after Hector Cuper’s men snatched a late draw at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna yesterday.

The CSKA Moscow star in a chat with Daily Trust immediately after the ill-fated game which saw Nigeria concede at the death to throw away two points in the race for next year’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon added that the team will continue fighting.

“It’s not over yet, we still have a lot to play for in the return leg, it was unfortunate to concede a late goal but that wouldn’t put us down in our mission to be at the next Nations Cup” Musa said.

Meanwhile, NFF President Amaju Pinnick reiterated to journalists that the choice of Air Egypt for conveyance of Eagles for the second leg was reached in consultation with the acting Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia.

Pinnick revealed that the federation also considered the option of travelling in a chartered flight but settled for Egypt Air because of several considerations including the comfort of the team, the regular flights of the airline from Nigeria as well as over N35 million naira that will be saved due to the new exchange rate.

“We have different options, we have Arik Air as our partners but they too are facing tough times. Everything you are doing now is in foreign currency so even if they say they are going to take $250,000 to fly the team, you know how much that is in Naira. It is over N70 million and they will have to pay landing and parking charges.

“But we looked at the Egypt Air who operate three flights each day from Nigeria; Kano, Lagos and Abuja. We know that using a chartered fight will be very convenient just as Egypt Air. Using the Egypt Air we will be saving a minimum of N35 to N40 million naira.

“We will leave Abuja tomorrow by 11.30pm (today) for Cairo and from there to Alexandria is just about 20 minutes by air and about one hour by road.

“By Sunday and Monday they will train and on Tuesday they will play the match and we get out. It is not like Chad where you may not get the connecting flight.

“Looking at costs we also have to look at other operational activation and interestingly when I discussed this option with Siasia he bought it because that money could assist us in paying the match bonus of the players, and that is a man who is thinking.” He concluded.

Source: All Africa