World Cup Qualifier: Super Eagles Will Play Under Extreme Two Conditions – Rohr
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By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr has expressed concerns that the second match of Group C in the 2022 World Cup qualifying race against Cape Verde on Tuesday would be “extremely difficult” for the Nigerians, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Although Mr Rohr is upbeat the three-time Africa Cup of Nations Champions can pull off a positive result as they head to the Island of Mindelo for their MatchDay 2 away tie to Cape Verde on Tuesday, he however said the situation is against his side.
The Super Eagles top Group C following a 2-0 home win against the Lone Star of Liberia courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho’s brace at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos last Friday.
But the team is depleted ahead of the trip to Cape Verde, due to Covid-19 red alert UK restrictions on the Island country, and Rohr will be without all the Britain-based players, including Man of the match against Liberia and Leicester City forward Iheanacho.
Others who would not be available for Tuesday’s tie include defenders Leon Balogun (Glasgow Rangers); William Ekong (Watford FC); midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers) and striker Alex Iwobi (Everton FC).
Rohr, who described his side’s home win against Liberia as heart-warming despite ‘difficult conditions’, admitted that the three-time African Champions have a huge game in their hands against the Blue Sharks at Estadio Municipal Aderito Sena on the island of Mindelo.
“Some players are leaving because they cannot travel to Cape Verde and it’s not going to be easy to build a new team in two days,” he told CAFonline
“We are going to play under two extreme conditions after playing on a heavy grass due to the rain (at the Teslim Balogun Stadium) and then another game on a dry pitch (against Cape Verde).We are going to play with another defence, another midfield and without the goal scorer (Kelechi).
“It is a challenge for the staff and the players but we have to show our solidarity, and with the 20 players going to Cape Verde, we would be able to make a good team.
“We have to manage the situation without searching for alibis if it is not going well and that our team is able to bring about good performance even when we know it is going to be more difficult,” explained the 68-year-old Rohr.