Attack Libya In Sfax, Siasia Tells Eagles

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has advised the Super Eagles to attack the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in their Cameroon 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia, on Tuesday.

The Eagles play the North Africans in Sfax in the return leg of the qualifiers after beating them 4-0 in Uyo on Saturday.

Nigeria are second in Group E with six points – one less than leaders South Africa, who are also away to bottom-placed Seychelles on Tuesday.

Siasia on Monday said the Eagles played well in the second half of the match in Uyo, adding that they should be wary of the North Africans in the tie.

“The match in Sfax will not come easy because the Libyans know that if they lose it, their qualification hopes will be over. Nigeria also need to realise that they need a positive result from the match,” he said.

“The Eagles had a good game in Uyo because they were able to play better in the second half, which helped them to get a comfortable win. But they need to take off from there in Sfax. They should play the first half with as much sense of urgency as they would in the second half.

“Football is a game of two halves and 90 minutes. If they are too defensive in the first half and allow Libya to score first, it may be difficult to come back and get a good result in the second half. So I believe if they attack from the first half and make use of their chances, they will get a good result.”

The former international, who led the national U-23 team to win silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, said the Libyans would try to intimidate the Eagles with a packed stadium.

He said, “The game will be played at night, which will be kind of favourable to the Libyans and they will have the complement of a full stadium because North Africans watch more live football than we do here.

“The Eagles only need to be composed and play their game. Nigeria have an advantage and that is the win from Uyo. So, they should not allow the fans at the stadium to intimidate them. Being mostly overseas-based players, the crowd should not be a problem to the Eagles.”