Super
Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr believes he could qualify for yet
another major football tournaments with a game to spare by beating South Africa
in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The former Germany defender equaled a 20 –year old record when he led the Eagles
to earn a slot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals after a 1-0 defeat of Zambia
in Uyo on 10th October 2017 scripted Nigeria’s name on the roster for Russia
ahead of final match day.
Frenchman
Philippe Troussier led Nigeria to qualify for the 1998 World Cup following
defeat of Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Lagos, with the away match to Guinea at
hand. But qualification for the 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup competitions
were achieved on the final day of the respective series.
Rohr
savoured accolades from far and near for his accomplishment, and the
Franco-German appears to love it and wants more, with the Super Eagles looking
good to earn a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup finals ahead of the final day of
the series.
Nigeria
won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title but then failed to qualify for the
last two championships.
“Our
mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We
are not thinking of anything else. We want the ticket in our pocket before the
final match day,” Rohr said in Asaba.
The
Eagles are indignant following South Africa’s audacity in flying to Uyo to earn
a 2-0 win on Matchday 1, and apart from the unspoken crave for revenge, the
quiet but fierce contention between Nigeria and South Africa in other spheres
has lifted Saturday’s match to higher stakes.
Ahmed
Musa and team –mates, as well as Nigerian ball fans, have not forgotten how the
Bafana stopped the Eagles from qualifying for the 2015 AFCON, after a 2-2 draw
in Uyo on 19th November 2014 on a day the Eagles needed the slimmest of wins.
The
Bafana Bafana have much to worry about. Victories over Seychelles away and
Libya home-and-away has catapulted Nigeria to top place in a pool the Bafana
led comfortably, and should Nigeria win on Saturday, the heat would be on the
1996 champions as they could be torpedoed for second ticket by the ferocious
Mediterranean Knights of Libya.    
NIGERIA &
SOUTH AFRICA AT SENIOR LEVEL
10
Oct 1992: Nigeria 4 South Africa 0 – Lagos (World Cup Qualifier)
16
Jan 1993: South Africa 0 Nigeria 0 – Jo’burg (World Cup Qualifier
10
Feb 2000: Nigeria 2 South Africa 0 – Lagos (AFCON semi final)
31
Jan 2004: South Africa 0 Nigeria 4 – Monastir (AFCON group stage)
17
Nov 2004: South Africa 2 Nigeria 1 – Jo’burg (Mandela Challenge)
1
June 2008: Nigeria 2 South Africa 0 – Abuja (World Cup Qualifier)
6
Sept 2008: South Africa 0 Nigeria 1 – Port Elizabeth (World Cup Qual.)
11
Aug 2013: South Africa 0 Nigeria 2 – Durban (Mandela Challenge)
19
Aug 2014: South Africa 1 Nigeria 3 – Cape Town (CHAN group stage)
10
Sept 2014: South Africa 0 Nigeria 0  –
Cape Town (AFCON Qualifier)
19
Nov 2014: Nigeria 2 South Africa 2 – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)
29
Mar 2015: South Africa 1 Nigeria 1 – Nelspruit (Friendly)
10
June 2017: Nigeria 0 South Africa 2 – Uyo (AFCON Qualifier)

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