Do not Fail Me – Coach Gernot Rohr begs Super Eagles

Gernot Rohr obviously knows the task ahead as the Super Eagles attempt to tackle Argentina in a make or mar last Group D showdown in St. Petersburg today, reports.

The former world champions has just one point to show for its efforts in two games in the group, while Nigeria have three points. The two teams need the three points to be sure of avoiding the drop in today's tie, which will take place at the 67,000-capacity in Zenit Arena.

To overcome the situation, the Super Eagles coach said his players must live up to the big task. He is banking on his strikers to prove to the La Albiceleste that their performance against Iceland last Friday in Volgograd was not a fluke.

Rohr thinks a draw against Argentina would be enough for Nigeria to qualify for the next round, if Iceland fails to upend a three-goal deficit in their match against group leader, Croatia.

He said yesterday: “We must take our chances, and be on the offensive as much as possible. Perhaps, a draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw. Sometimes, when you play for a draw, you get punched in the face late in the day.

“It will be a tough game and we must go with a tough mentality from the start to the end,” Rohr declared.

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