Rohr eyes 29th win with Eagles

  • Ighalo set for first appearance

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr be aiming to record his 29th win as coach of the team when he leads the three-time African Champions against Cape Verde as they bid to clinch a Qatar 2022 final playoff ticket in Group C on Tuesday (today), PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Out of the 54 games, he has managed the Eagles, Rohr has won 28, drawn 12, and lost 13 times, garnering a 52.83 per cent win ratio.

Rohr’s side will advance to the knockout round of the World Cup qualifying tournament should they win or draw with the Blue Sharks in Lagos

He will also hope to extend the Eagles unbeaten run against their visitors.

The Eagles have recorded a win and a draw in their last two meetings.

Nigeria top Group C with 12 points, two points more than closest rivals Cape Verde, who had to come from behind to beat the Central African Republic 2-1 at home last Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Franco-German coach said he is focused on his team winning on Tuesday (today).

“I don’t go to social media what is important is to watch games, analyze games and try to win games. I don’t waste my time listening to people who always say everything about the team is bad.

“We are top of the group, two points ahead, won four games from five and we are in a good situation ahead of tomorrow and our players are very hungry to perform.

“We know we have a good team to play good football and score goals. We have players who can score, give assists and can defend well. I hope everything will work well tomorrow (Tuesday).”

“We want to be effective again and what I appreciate a lot in Morocco was that we didn’t concede opportunities for Liberia to score which is important for us. And now is for us to have better fluidity going forward. The two goals we scored were penalties but I am happy with our last two games.”

The 68-year-old also revealed that Al Shabab striker could make his first appearance for the team in the encounter. “He (Ighalo) is a good goal scorer, we know it and we are happy to have him back. I hope in our next match on Tuesday, he will be able to help us much more.”

Ighalo who returned to the team two years after he retired from international football

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