Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has warned his team to brace up for a hard match when they play against Seychelles September 8 in their must win Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Rohr, who named a strong squad for match against Island Nations, said he will not take any chances with the game as the Eagles need to win and return to reckoning in the group E parings where they haven’t picked up any point after losing 2-0 to South Africa in the opening qualifying game.
“The match against Seychelles is very important and it’s a must win for us,” said Rohr. “We cannot underrate the team; they are a team from a little island but they are a team that works together as far as I know and it not going to be easy to play against them.”
Libya tops the group having beaten Sechelles 5-1, with South Africa trailing o goal aggregate.
But Rohr sounded optimistic about the chances of the three-time Africa Champions of booking a ticket to Cameroon 2019, saying that they would take advantage of a new 24-team format of the foremost continental tournament.
Meanwhile, striker Ahmed Musa added that the Eagles need to work hard for a win Seychelles as the game will not be a stroll in the park.
“It’s going to be difficult in Seychelles because the temperature and everything else is a little bit difficult. We have to approach this game very seriously – and we have to be on our form.”
The Eagles have failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions of the tournament after their triumph in South Africa in 2013.