Nigeria’s Super Eagles Teachnical Adviser, Gernot Rohr hopes to be third time lucky when his team file out against South Africa in Uyo this Saturday.
After recording victories against Tanzania and Algeria in previous visits by the Super Eagles to the Southern Nigerian City of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State, Rohr who spoke to journalists on arrival of the team to the city, says he hopes for a better outing for his team come Saturday.
“We’re happy to be here in Uyo, we like this place. We won our last games here, I hope it will be a third victory”.
Rohr also gave an insight on Super Eagles players currently in Uyo. The German confirmed 22-players are in camp with 2-3 more expected in the coming days.
“We’re 22 today, tomorrow we will be 24 and we will start our training immediately. The two last players tomorrow will be Ahmed Musa and Elderson (Echiejile)”.
Nigeria failed to qualify in the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and 2017 after winning the trophy in 2013, but Rohr stopped short to stress the importance of the Super Eagles participating in the 2019 edition even though he thinks South Africa may pose the biggest threat in the group.
“We want to be qualified for the Nations Cup of course. It is a fantastic adventure to play Nations Cup. We were only spectators in AFCON in Gabon and we watched other countries against which we have to play very soon for example.
“We did very well but now we want to be there also starting Saturday – big game, I think it’s (South Africa) perhaps the best team in the group. They didn’t lose since two years since 2015 so I hope we will be able to do it”.
Nigeria and South Africa are in Group E with Libya and Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying stages. The Super Eagles will host South Africa this Saturday by 5pm in Uyo.
There are 12 groups (labelled A-L) of four countries in each group. Group winners and best three runners-up will qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament with hosts Cameroon.