*Says we aim to top Group B
BY JUDE OPARA. Abuja
Ahead of today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Zambia and Nigeria in Ndola, Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr says his boys will be aiming at securing the maximum three points at stake.
Rohr who spoke in Abuja shortly before departing for his first major challenge said winning the game will be a stepping stone on realizing the aim of the team to finish tops of Group B which also has Cameroon and Algeria.
According to the technical adviser, the Super Eagles have a huge chance of winning in Zambia even as he stated that he expects a tough game from the southern Africans.
“Our aim is to finish first from the group, we have a big chance of achieving that. It is a big responsibility which I expect every player to take very seriously. If they can be doing so well for their clubs, I also expect them to do same for Nigeria.
“We have the advantage of having well experienced players from around the world. We know much about them, they play short passes but we will try to hold the ball instead of playing ‘kick and follow.
“However, let me warn that it will not be a walk in the park. We will be ready to play at any turf they may wish because there will be no reason for excuses. I know that some pitches in Africa are not smooth but we must try to control the ball well.”
Rohr also reassured that none of the players in camp has any injury worry adding that the few who got injured before the opening of the camp were replaced by other quality players.
The German born tactician further described the game as one that will be very entertaining because Zambia like Nigeria are hungry after failing to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).