Egyptian club side Pyramid FC contingent will arrive Lagos today Friday, ahead of their matchday-one encounter that will take place at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday, Sportaccess.com.ng authoritatively reports.
The contingent are expeted to leave for Enugu, venue of the match, later today.
Coach Sebastien Desabre named his squad for the trip to Nigeria, dropping captain Abdullah El-Said, who will also miss the game due to injury.
Their head coach Sebastien Desabre, told Sportaccess.com.ng from their base that they could win the game if his lads managed to shut up Enugu crowd in the first 30 minutes.
“If we let the crowd get excited‚ and Nigeria enjoy the game‚ then I think that’s going to be a big plus for them.“I think if we can turn that around and frustrate them a bit‚ and be better than they think, and have more to say than they think‚ then maybe the crowd could be a bit of a negative for them.
“I think that’s important. And maybe if Nigeria could have chosen‚ they might not really have wanted to play us in the first game at home.
Because then there is the scenario that if they lose they’re going to be under tremendous pressure from the beginning,” he said.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shennawy, El-Mahdi Soliman, Ahmed Daador.
Defenders: Ali Gabr, Mohamed Hamdi, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Omar Gaber, Abdallah Bakri, Ragab Bakar, Tarek Taha, Wilfried Kanon.
Midfielders: Ahmed Tawfik, Mohamed Farouk, Islam Issa, Eric Traoré, Lumala Abdu, Nabil Emad Dunga, Mohamed Fathi, Ibrahim Hassan.
Forwards: John Antwi, Amor Layouni, and Dodo El-Gabbas.