Beware of Salah and Elneny, Yusuf Warns Super Eagles

Published March 11th, 2016 - 03:48 GMT
Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah

Ahead of the two-legged 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games between Nigeria and Egypt later this month, Nigeria-born Zamalek star, Moruf Yusuf has warned the Super Eagles to beware of the threat of Pharaohs duo of Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah.

The former Kwara United FC player told yesterday that the two European-based players can cause havoc against Nigeria.

"Nigeria has to prepare well for the game against Egypt because they are coming with full force," observed Yusuf.

He also advised coach Samson Siasia and his technical staff to focus on using a quick full back to quell the danger of AS Roma's Salah.

"Nigeria must have a good right-back; I think they (Pharaohs) have good wingers (Salah)," adds Yusuf. Mohamed Elneny is a very good midfielder, he operates everywhere in midfield and he has strengths," Yusuf further revealed.

Yusuf has had plenty of exposure to both Nigerian and Egyptian football, having plied his trade in both countries.

He played for Kwara United in the Nigerian league before moving to El Shorta in the Egyptian Premier League and finally landing at the White Castle, Zamalek.

Yesterday, caretaker coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia, expressed his displeasure over the defeat of the home-based Eagles in a tune up game with the national Under-23 Olympic team in Abuja.

The Dream Team VI avenged a 2-0 defeat they suffered on Tuesday with goals from Joseph Osadiaye and Usman Mohammed against Eagles.

"The coach was not happy with the result and he told us we did not play according to instructions," disclosed Bright Onyedikachi, who scored one of the goals for the Eagles in the first training game on Tuesday.

"We still can't understand what happened to us, it was like a dream."

Under-23 defender, Erhun Obanor, said it is now all-square between the two teams.

"They beat us on Tuesday and we won on Wednesday. It's 50-50 now," said the big defender.

The home-based Eagles are building up for AFCON qualifiers against Egypt, while the Olympic team will face Brazil in a friendly, all to be played later this month.

With Egypt leading the AFCON 2017 group on six points as against the four points of Nigeria, the Pharaohs are aiming to consolidate with a draw in Kaduna on March 25 and an outright victory in Alexandria four days later.

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