AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr Reveals "We Die There" Mission In Johannesburg
As the Super Eagles depart Asaba, Delta State for Johannesburg on Thursday morning, just one thing is on the mind of Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.
The Franco-German is keen at qualifying Nigeria’s Super Eagles for a major championship with a match to spare again same way he did during the World Cup qualifying series when Nigeria emerged as the first African team to qualify for the Mundial.
Rohr savoured accolades from far and near for his accomplishment, and he appears to love it and wants more, with the Super Eagles looking good to earn a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup finals ahead of the final day of the series.
Nigeria won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title but then failed to qualify for the last two championships.
Victory over South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday will earn Rohr worthwhile space in Nigerian Football’s history.
He would be doing so alongside a young, ambitious squad that has grown in confidence after featuring at the World Cup and winning all three competitive games after that, scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.
“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else. We want the ticket in our pocket before the final matchday,” Rohr said in Asaba on Tuesday evening.
Ahmed Musa and team mates, as well as Nigerian ball fans, have not forgotten how the Bafana stopped the Eagles from qualifying for the 2015 AFCON, after a 2-2 draw in Uyo on 19th November 2014 on a day the Eagles needed the slimmest of wins.
The Eagles are not willing to stumble against hence they are going out in full force especially when they know each goal scored against the South Africans is worth a whooping 9 million Naira, as promised by the Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
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