Rohr says no victory yet for Super Eagles

Lekan Sowande, Uyo

Nigeria Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr says celebrations should be put on hold as there are still more matches to play in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying race.

The Franco-German spoke at the post match press conference, after his charges dismantled Algeria’s Fennecs 3-1 at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday.
In the same manner he reacted after the win over Zambia in Ndola last month, Rohr said the Super Eagles played well but quickly reminded the players that there are more crucial matches still to be played.
“We played a good match and got three points, but I want to say that there are more matches to play and we have to keep our focus.”
Nigeria look solid at the top of Group B with six points, with second –placed Cameroon, which Nigeria next play in August 2017, four points behind.
Coach Rohr said Super Eagles will played a friendly match against Egypt in January that would enable him assess more players.
“We have a friendly against Egypt in Dubai in January, which will enable me to look at the home –based players, but I will continue to monitor the Europe –based players and we will see how we get matches for them on FIFA free dates.”
The win earned Rohr, who was signed on by Nigeria August this year, three wins out of three matches.
“I praise the players for their spirit, for their dedication and for their discipline. They all did very well and I am happy at their output.”
Meanwhile, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick celebrated three precious points but insisted that the Eagles will continue to take the 2018 World Cup qualifying race one match at a time.
“This victory is very, very sweet. But as I said after the match in Zambia, this is a marathon. We have now won two matches out of six, and as a result of the draw between Cameroon and Zambia, we are looking very good on top.
“The best approach is to keep focus, to know that we are not there yet but that we surely will be there by putting more effort in each of our next four matches.”
The Super Eagles next play Cameroon home and away within a week in the third quarter of next year, and Pinnick insists those two games will be tough.
“Cameroon has drawn their first two matches of the series and will play us hard in both legs, but we have to play them even harder.”




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