Saturday’s
encounter between Nigeria and Seychelles in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers
has been described as “serious business” by the Super Eagles
coach, Gernot Rohr.
After
a 2-0 loss to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Uyo, Nigeria need to
win against the Pirates to stand any meaningful chance of making it
through to the AFCON.
On Thursday morning, Rohr,
alongside his assistants, took their charges through their paces at
the Stade Linite ahead of Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
qualifying encounter with the Pirates.
After the one –hour
training session, attended by all 21 players available for the match,
the Franco-German tactician told thenff.com that players and
officials are very much aware of the crucial nature of Saturday
evening’s game to Nigeria’s presence at African football’s
major house party next year summer.
Everyone realizes the
importance of this match. We are currently number three in our group
and that position does not befit Super Eagles. It is not good for us
because it is outside the qualification range.
The players know this.
They know that on Saturday they have to show character to put our
campaign back on track with a good result.”
Seychelles is a leading
tourist destination with plane –loads of fun seekers trooping in on
daily basis to spend good time relaxing on any of the major islands
in the 115 islands that make up the archipelago. But Rohr made it
clear his boys are not vacationers looking for relaxation.
We are not here on
vacation. We are here for serious business.
We have a young,
ambitious team and Nigeria has a better pedigree in the game of
football than Seychelles. But we must not under –rate them in any
way or take things for granted.
The World Cup is behind
us now, but we must allow the lessons we learnt in Russia to make us
better and more efficient in our approach. The Cup of Nations is the
focus now and we must get a good result on Saturday to get our
campaign back, and then we can now look ahead with determination to
win the remaining matches in our group to qualify easily for the
championship.”
Saturday’s Group E tie,
which is one of the Matchday 2 fixtures happening across the African
continent, will start at 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time)
at the 10,000 –capacity Stade Linite in Victoria on Mahe Island.

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