Siasia, Mikel lament Egypt’s dubious goal

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Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, and team Captain, John Obi Mikel, has chided the Pharaohs of Egypt for scoring a dubious goal which made the match to end in 1-1 on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.

A late equaliser by Mohamed Salah denied the Super Eagles the chance of moving to the top of Group G in the African Cup of Nations qualification.

The Super Eagles were forced to play a 1-1 draw when Salah slotted home a fine pass from Ramadan to cancel out Oghenekaro Etebo’s goal.

Siasia who blamed his players for not being wiser, blamed the Egyptian for failing to obey the fairplay rule

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“Fair play sometimes is not fair play. If you are losing almost at the end of the game you won’t do the fair play rule,” he said at the post match briefing.

“Fair play or not fair play we should be marking a player like Mohamed Salah until the last seconds of the game. I think we should blame ourselves not the Egyptians.”

According to Mikel, “We feel cheated with the way the Egyptians scored their goal. We expected them to give the ball back to us after one of my team-mates kicked it out to enable the referee attend to the injured player, but instead they went on with play and scored.

He added that,” Even though it hurts a lot, there is a lot to play in the group. We believe we can beat them in Alexandria and that is what we are going to do.

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