Don't be surprised if the Pharaohs have already confirmed their World Cup berth by the end of the worldwide break, unless Ghana can complete a clean sweep against Congo-Brazzaville. Zambia and Algeria, the other two teams in the group, have one point each and clash at the Heroes National Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.
The Lions will derive little comfort from glancing at the Group B table, on which they lag behind Nigeria with as many as four points, and also realize they have never beaten Nigeria in a World Cup qualifying match played in Nigeria.
Indeed, the Super Eagles need to beat the Lions to consolidate their position and increase their prospect of making it to the mundial, next year.More news: White House: Trump will donate $1M to Harvey relief
The Carthage Eagles will surely take comfort, however, from a recent AFCON qualifying victory over Egypt, a triumph which showcased the kind of grit and tenacity that could unsettle the Leopards.
Simon scored the Super Eagles' second goal in a 3-0 friendly win against Cameroon in 2015 in Belgium.
Nigeria, clear at the top by four points, will be just about there if it beats Cameroon at home in Uyo on Friday.More news: Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne to Wednesday on Saturday
"So, we expect a win in Uyo and hopefully we expect a win in Cameroon or a draw at worse".
The Super Eagles of Nigeria always stay at the luxury hotel where the NFF also host the visiting teams. We have to play together as a team.
The Tide is happy with the D'Tigress and commends the players and officials for making Nigeria proud, despite obvious challenges occasioned by leadership tussle in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).More news: Rugby Championship: New Zealand edge to 35-29 win over Australia
Governor Emmanuel had made a similar pledge to the Eagles in their match against Algeria previous year, and redeemed it by doling out $30,000 to the team after they won 3-1.