Egypt: Siasia Names Eagles Squad to Face Egypt Today

By Mansur Abubakar

Super Eagles interim manager, Samson Siasia is expected to release today the 23 players invited for the crucial two-legged African Cup of Nations qualifier against group G opponent Egypt on the 25th of March and return leg in Cairo on 29th March.

Siasia, who replaced Sunday Oliseh n interim capacity, has been directed to submit his provisional squad and programmes for the Egypt encounter to the NFF Technical Committee.

Siasia has been meeting with Technical Director Amodu Shuaibu and his other assistants Salisu Yusuf and Emmanuel Amuneke since Monday and today’s list is believed to be the result of their numerous meetings to finalise on invitations.

Expected names include skipper Ahmed Musa, English Premier League scoring sensation Jude Ighalo, Manchester City midfielder Kelechi Iheanacho and Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi.

Meanwhile, Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe will be in the centre for the Day 3 qualifying match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Friday, March 25, according to a statement released by CAF yesterday.

The 37 year old has been an international referee since 2007. Football’s African ruling body, CAF also appointed Arsenio Chadreque Marengula from Mozambique as assistant referee 1, while Zambians Romeo Kasengele and Wisdom Chewe will serve as assistant referee 2 and reserve referee respectively.

CAF also named Abbasi Ssendyowa from Uganda as match commissioner for the big Group G game.

For the return leg in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29, which will kick off at 7pm Egypt time at the Borg el Arab Stadium, veteran South African official Daniel Frazer Bennett will be at the centre.

He will be assisted by compatriots Zakhele Thusi Siwela (assistant referee 1), Peter Chauke (assistant referee 2) and Kulasande Qongqo. The match commissioner is Moroccan Said Belkhayat.

Source: All Africa