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Olofinjana: Egypt are tactically superior toSuper Eagles

The erstwhile Super Eagles midfielder believes The Pharaohs are tactically better than the Super Eagles of Nigeria

Tactically, Egypt are better than us {Nigeria}, but the Super Eagles are not far behind, says Seyi Olofinjana.

The 38-year-old, who represented Nigeria at four African Nations Cup (2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010), was on the bench when The Pharaohs thumped Nigeria by 3-1 in the two sides opening game at the 2010 edition

In an interview with Brila Fm, Olofinjana said noise will be needed to unsettle the 2019 AFCON host, when they face Nigeria later in March.

“North African sides are always difficult to play because of their trickery and antics,” Olofinjana, who himself made the National team in debut in a 1-1 friendly match against The Pharaohs said.

“Come March 26, we will playing in Asaba, it’s going to be a big game.

“Tactically, they are always slightly better than us – I give them that. We always chase them with the sound let’s hope there’s enough of sound on the day that will weigh them out.

“After the first half, we can score a number of goals.”

He said further, “Talking about tactics, we are not doing too badly as well.

“I think we played very well at the World Cup, I hope we can build on our World Cup success and then take our football forward.

Olofinjana, in his formative years was an attacking midfielder, went further to discuss how he ended up playing in a deeper role.

According to the former Wolves and Stoke City player, the presence of Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu and Wilson Oruma necessitated his conversion.

“I played offensive football until I got to the Super Eagles,” he added.

“It was Christain Chukwu that saw me, liked me as a player, and he thought with the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu, Oruma, he had enough offensive players, but needed a defensive midfielder.

“So he said there’s this tall-lanky midfielder, skillful, but can do a defensive job and he converted me to a defensive midfdielder.”

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