Rohr harps on importance of win over Bafana

Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr insists a win over South Africa on Saturday is very important even though the Bafana will be very difficult to beat.

Rohr told a packed press conference on Thursday that it is the first game of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers and a win is important.

Every body knows that the match is important. It is important to win the first game and if you start well, you are on the right path,” Rohr said.

He however added that Nigeria will be without very important players in a very important game.

We are without our captain who is injured. We miss our goalkeeper who is injured and a very important central defender, Leon Balogun who is also injured.

The South Africans have not lost in seventeen games and these facts can tell you it will not be easy to beat them,” Rohr said.

Akwa United midfielder, Ibrahim Alhasan is the only out field player in camp from the Nigerian League but Rohr says that will count for nothing when he decides his team for the game.

Alhassan is not in the team because he is from Uyo. He is here because he is a good player and it is really a coincidence that he is from Uyo.

I saw him play and watched him alongside the MFM players too. My assistants, Salisu who is in charge of the CHAN team and Imama also watched these players and they know these players from the League too,” Rohr said.

As regards those in the Chinese League left out of the game, the German coach does not see it as a problem.

I told the players in China that those in Corsica with us did really well and I wouldn’t want to change them now.

Also they played League games on Sunday and it would be a very long trip back here. I explained these the them, Ighalo and Ideye understood.

There is no pressure for me when I select these players because I select the best always. We have to see these players, monitor them and see videos.

For the local players, we do it through our assistant coaches so there is really no pressure for me when I pick my squad,” Rohr said.


The Super Eagles still have one more training session on Friday which will be behind closed doors.
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