Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot
Rohr insists a win over South Africa on Saturday is very important
even though the Bafana will be very difficult to beat.

Rohr told a packed press
conference on Thursday that it is the first game of the Africa Cup of
Nations Qualifiers and a win is important.

Every body knows that the
match is important. It is important to win the first game and if you
start well, you are on the right path,” Rohr said.

He however added that Nigeria
will be without very important players in a very important game.

We are without our captain
who is injured. We miss our goalkeeper who is injured and a very
important central defender, Leon Balogun who is also injured.

The South Africans have not
lost in seventeen games and these facts can tell you it will not be
easy to beat them,” Rohr said.

Akwa United midfielder,
Ibrahim Alhasan is the only out field player in camp from the
Nigerian League but Rohr says that will count for nothing when he
decides his team for the game.

Alhassan is not in the team
because he is from Uyo. He is here because he is a good player and it
is really a coincidence that he is from Uyo.

I saw him play and watched
him alongside the MFM players too. My assistants, Salisu who is in
charge of the CHAN team and Imama also watched these players and they
know these players from the League too,” Rohr said.

As regards those in the
Chinese League left out of the game, the German coach does not see it
as a problem.

I told the players in China
that those in Corsica with us did really well and I wouldn’t want
to change them now.

Also they played League
games on Sunday and it would be a very long trip back here. I
explained these the them, Ighalo and Ideye understood.

There is no pressure for me
when I select these players because I select the best always. We have
to see these players, monitor them and see videos.

For the local players, we
do it through our assistant coaches so there is really no pressure
for me when I pick my squad,” Rohr said.

The Super Eagles still have
one more training session on Friday which will be behind closed


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