2017 AFCON: Super Eagles must play for Pride, Not Penny against Egypt – Adepoju


Retired Nigeria midfielder Mutiu Adepoju has urged Super Eagles players to focus not on financial bonuses, but on qualifying for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Nigeria host Egypt on 25th march in Kaduna before travelling to Alexandria four days later for the reverse fixture.

Nigeria occupy second place in qualifying Group G with four points, just two behind the leaders Egypt.

“The players should be motivated by Nigeria’s absence from the 2015 tournament. They have to beat Egypt in the next two qualifying games,” Adepoju exclaimed.

“The Nigeria Football Federation will do everything possible to motivate the players in order to get a ticket for us, but the players must defend Nigeria first. They must only focus on defeating Egypt before asking the NFF for any financial bonuses,” the ex-Real Socidad player added.

“Egypt players know that a draw in Nigeria will reinforce their chances of qualifying for the tournament. If I were the players, I would get this job finished first. Money shouldn’t be an issue for them as their career will develop further should they make it to Gabon,” Adepoju concluded.

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