The Super Eagles got off to a winning start against Liberia on the road to qualifying for next year’s World Cup, but Gernot Rohr has warned that Tuesday’s clash in Cape Verde will be a tougher challenge for the team.
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho sealed a home win for Nigeria against the Lone Star in Lagos, scoring a brace in the first half.
“The job has been done. We had to win our first game at home and we didn’t concede a goal,” Rohr said after the home victory.
“We got the victory which is important for World Cup qualification.”
According to The Nation, Rohr has however admitted both he and his players face a more difficult challenge in Cape Verde next week as they will be without nine stars because Cape Verde is on the UK Red List for Coronavirus safety regulations.
“We will be without nine players, including the goal scorer today Kelechi (Iheanacho), that means it will be another team and it is not easy to build a new team within days,” he said.
“We will also play on a synthetic pitch. This will be a challenge for both the staff and the players.
“It will be more difficult than against Liberia.”
Atop of Group C is where Nigeria stands with three points after a round of matches, while Cape Verde and the Central African Republic share a point each.
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