Rohr congratulates his men
Nigeria’s national football team coach from Germany Gernot Rohr at the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 01, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Manager of the Nigerian senior national football team, Gernot Rohr has forecasted a tougher challenge when the Super Eagles of Nigeria square up with the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier later today (Tuesday).

The Super Eagles won the reverse fixture at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria last Saturday and will be looking to further strengthen their chance of making it to Africa’s international men’s football championship coming up in Cameroon next year.

“The game will be tougher than the last one. It’s always difficult to play the same team twice in three days and win both games, but we’re just as motivated and hungry for victory as we were on Saturday,” Rohr, 65 says.

The Eagles arrived in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday ahead of today’s AFCON qualifying match against Libya. They had their official training from 7pm. The team currently sit in second place on six points, one point behind South Africa in Group E. Libya is not far off. The North Africans are in third on 4 points. Seychelles meanwhile are yet to collect any point after three games.

Libya play their home games in neutral countries due to civil strife in their homeland. Hence the choice of Tunisia. Previously, they had played in Cairo, Egypt against Seychelles.

A total of 24 teams will qualify to play in the final tournament for the Cameroon tourney. Coincidentally, Cameroon are the defending champions. After the round of matches end in March 2019, the group winner and runner-up qualifies for the 2019 AFCON.

Nigeria has failed to qualify (twice) for the AFCON since triumphing in South Africa 5 years ago. They are 17 times appearer and three-time winners.

Libya versus Nigeria kicks off 7pm (West Africa Standard Time).

 

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