Rohr declares: No retreat, no surrender
The Super Eagles landed in Ndola, Zambia yesterday ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifying cracker against the Chipolopolo today. The match comes up 1.30 pm, Nigerian time.
After a smooth flying time of 4 hours 22 minutes, the Eagles loaded with their hot legs, landed at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport to a sizeable Nigerian presence who cheered heartily.
“We have only one thing to play for, and that is victory,” Rohr said as he and his players were driven straight to Protea Hotel.
President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick was upbeat that the Eagles would soar to victory against the sleek Zambians.
“You can see the atmosphere and the discipline and determination on their faces. We need this game and I am sure that we will come out victorious,” he said.
League Management Company chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko shared the same optimism. Coach Eagles assistant coach, Imama Amapakabo who is still overwhelmed with the victory of his club in the just concluded NPFL was also upbeat.
However, the few Zambians, mostly airport workers who saw the Eagles land were cautious in making predictions. Kenneth, a Premier League of Arsenal said he was more concerned with Iwobi’s performance for Nigeria. “Nigeria has good players but I am fascinated by the presence of Iwobi in the line up. Our team are not really good but don’t rule out an upset.,” he warned.