Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has declared that his side will adopt a professional approach in Friday’s last match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles, because they want to win.
Although it is a dead rubber fixture, as Nigeria have already qualified for AFCON 2019 and Seychelles have no hope of making it, Rohr says he and his players are professionals who want to win every match.
With that in kind, footballlive.ng can report that Rohr is taking the game at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba as a testy fixture, one which he says has pride and honour at stake, as well as a starting point for his AFCON 2019 preparation programme.
Cape Verde’s Fabricio Duarte is referee for the match, which starts at 4pm, with his compatriot, Jose Carlos Alexandre Pina Mendes assistant referee 1, Delgade Fernandes Wilson Jorge assistant referee 2 and Delgado Rocha Lenine is fourth official.
The match commissioner is Martin Gomez from Gambia, while Togolese Latre-Kavi Edzona Lawson Hogban will be referee assessor.
Nigeria made sure of a slot at African football’s biggest soccer event as far back in November 2018, after a 1-1 draw away to South Africa, but there is word in the camp that the Nigerian stars are looking to rack up a high –score win for bragging rights.
Libya’s Mediterranean Knights, who are involved in the other match of the group against South Africa in Tunisia, incinerated the Pirates 8-1 right in Mahé Island in one of the group matches.
That remains the highest score win of the entire qualifying series, in which victories over Libya home and away as well as the draw in South Africa took Nigeria to the finals.
In Mahé Island on 8th September 2018, goals by Ahmed Musa, defender Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo sealed a 3-0 win against Seychelles and kept the Eagles in the hunt for a ticket to the 2019 AFCON.
On Friday, Rohr will unleash his best legs, as a high score win would put the Eagles in great mood for Tuesday’s prestige international friendly against seven time African champions, Egypt at the same venue.