Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has resolved to sharpen the reflexes of the Super Eagles as he plans to include experience hands; John Obi Mikel, Leon Balogun and Victor Moses in the Super Eagles squad billed to meet Cameroon in a World Cup Qualifier scheduled for September 1
Rohr has already invited 23 players with seven on stand by for the World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions.
The German tactician is confident that with the plans on the ground his latest squad should muster the strength to beat Cameroon by at least 2-0 during the encounter which takes place in Uyo.
“I discussed with the chairman of the technical committee and technical director about the match against Benin Republic and the preparation for Cameroon,” Rohr told Goal.
“We hope to do everything to win the first match in Uyo. We have a list of 29 players for the two games – 23 plus six players on the stand by because we could have problems.
“Some players will be playing in the UEFA Champions League and league matches, so we must be careful and be prepared because we could have problems either at their clubs or even in the first leg game in Uyo.
“We know that in these two games, we need at least three points and the best is to get it in the first game. To win the games, I think we have a team which is stronger than the last time with more experience because three other key players are back now.
“There is our captain (Mikel Obi), Leon Balogun and Victor Moses coming back. In each department of our team, we have key players returning and we need their experiences and talents.”
In the same vein, former international, Moses Kpakor has charged the Super Eagles to face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon with utmost confidence as he said the reigning African Champions are the ones to be jittery.
Although the Eagles are clearly ahead of their opponents, most Nigerians are not sure of the team that lost 0-2 at home against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the 2018 AFCON qualifiers.
However, the former BCC Lions and Abiola Babes midfield maestro has said even as the match against Cameroon is going to be a tough one, the Eagles should not be afraid.
“Traditionally, any match between Nigeria and Cameroon is always very tough. This very fixture is not going to be an exception.
“However, one good thing is that the Eagles are already on top of the group. They won their first two matches so this should give them the motivation to face the Lions of Cameroon who are playing catch up.
“So if you ask me, the pressure should be on Cameroon who are right now behind the Super Eagles. There is no reason for the Eagles to become jittery. They only need to compose themselves for the big clash,” he said.
Kpakor however expressed concern over the goalkeeping department, which he said may pose a serious challenge to the Eagles.
“My only worry is the area of goalkeeping but I hope the handlers of the team will find a quick solution to it,” he said.