The crunchy 2018 World Cup qualification clash between Nigeria and Algeria is barely days away and Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has spoken ahead of the tie by admitting that, the team faces a very daunting task if they are to emerge with the needed three points.
We Shall Come Out Victorious Against The Algerians - Eagles Coach Promises Nigerians
The Eagles, who got their campaign off to a brilliant start with a 2-1 victory over Zambia in Ndola last month, welcome the Desert Foxes at the Nest of Champions in Uyo on Saturday knowing that a win would consolidate their position at the top and put them in good stead for the sole qualifying ticket.
Algeria, however, have their backs to the rope after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Cameroon, and are equally in need of a victory to boost their campaign.
Giving his thoughts on the game, Rohr says he has a lot of respect for the North Africans, but fancies Nigeria winning to maintain momentum in the group, Vanguard writes.
“It will be difficult against Algeria because they are No.1 in Africa,” said Rohr on arrival in Nigeria from his base in France.
“But we will try to beat them to have a good position in our qualifying group.”
The Eagles received a setback in the build up to the game following the injury to no.1 goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, although they welcome back on-form Chelsea’s Victor Moses, Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Germany-based defender Leon Balogun and CD Feirense’s Oghenekaro Etebo.
No fewer than 13 players hit the Eagles’ Abuja camp on Monday, including Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho.