Defiant Rohr insists Eagles will still fly
Under-pressure Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr has said his team has the capacity to beat either Ghana or Cameroon who are Nigeria’s potential second round opponents at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Eagles on Sunday stumbled to a shameful 2-0 against first timers Madagascar in their last group game. The Nigerian side had already qualified for the round of 16 but needed a draw to finish as group winners. However, Rohr and his wards fumbled and they will now face the first runners-up in Group F.
Cameroon are currently leading in Group F with four points and will face Benin Republic on Tuesday. The Indomitable Lions could finish second if they lose to the Sparrows.
Ghana are third with two points but they have a potentially easy tie with Guinea Bissau and can finish top or second depending on the outcome of the other game.
Rohr said although his team had a bad day against the Malagasies, the players had learnt from their mistakes and hope to progress in the competition.
He revealed that his plans ahead of their round of 16 game would be to thoroughly analyze their group matches and study the tapes of the games involving their opponents.
“We don’t know who our next opponents will be for now but we are going to prepare well for them; we have to analyse our matches in the group stage and of course look at our opponents and study the way they play too,” the German said here in Alexandria.
“We are going to have all of our first team players back; Kenneth Omeruo who has rested well now, Alex Iwobi and Wilfred Ndidi came in the second half against Madagascar, they had some rest too.
“I hope to have Shehu Abdullahi back from injury, Jamilu Collins too is likely going to play. We made five changes to the team that played our first two games and we are going to have some players looking fresh for the next match.”