Gernot Rohr, Nigeria’s Super Eagles Technical Adviser’s reported comments in an interview with SCORENigeria, Wednesday, that: “Only fit players will play against Zambia”, the second leg 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7, is consistent with commitment. It is also reassuring and an affirmation that Rohr will not give room for any loose-ends.
The results of the Super Eagles – home and away matches – against Indomitable Lions of Cameroon attest to what can come out from the best and fit players. Indomitable Lions of Cameroon is current African champion. They did not, by any imagination, anticipate a defeat from Nigeria, more so, the margin of [4-0] in Uyo, Nigeria, and [1-1] at home in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The best of the Super Eagles, for now, was seen in both matches.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles, about a year ago, beat Chipolopolo of Zambia [2-1] in Ndola. After one year, it will be a confirmation of a superior Super Eagles to further consolidate on their performance in Ndola, and beat Chipolopolo with no less than a wide margin. Chipolopolo are not push-over. They are equally a good side. But, Nigeria’s Super Eagle have an edge.
According to Rohr “only fit players” can ensure his plans are well executed against Zambia. Rohr words: “Nigeria should not be under pressure. We are going to take the match as if this is the first match of the World Cup qualifier”. He added: “I am aware they have new boys in the team. But I will watch the video of the double header against Algeria, over and over, again and that will be a clue of what we should work on”.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles was expected to have wrapped up 2018 World Cup Ticket to Russia, if the team consolidated on the [4-0] victory in Uyo, Nigeria; and got away with a victory in Yaoundé, Cameroon, no matter the score line. But at full time, against the highly physical Indomitable Lions, it was Nigeria-1 and Cameroon-1.
Chipolopolo of Zambia recorded a feat by beating Algeria back-to-back. Zambia is second on Group B table, while Nigeria is on first spot. Zambia’s match against Nigeria, October 7, is crucial to both sides. Chipolopolo’s win against the Supper Eagles in Uyo, Nigeria, could keep their chances of qualifying for Russia 2018 World Cup alive.
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Chairman, Amaju Pinnick, said he was optimistic the Super Eagles would wrap up the World Cup ticket on October 7, in Uyo, Nigeria, when they host Chipolopolo of Zambia. After the match in Cameroon, he described Super Eagles performance — back-to-back – as “been excellent”.
His words: “I praise them for their efforts since the qualifying campaign started and I want them to go for the three points against Zambia so that we wrap up the ticket quickly without further delay”.