Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles wish to again win for sick goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, just as they did so against Cameroon, while also saying they have to surprise “a totally different” Zambia on Saturday as they already know a lot about Nigeria.

Carl Ikeme

Nigeria will be through to next year’s World Cup in Russia with a win over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday, while the Chipolopolo will have to beat their hosts to at least take the game to the final rounds of the qualifiers next month.

Rohr said the Eagles are driven to win for goalkeeper Ikeme, who was outstanding when both teams first clashed in Ndola a year ago, but he is now on sick bed after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

“The Eagles want to win again for Carl,” Rohr said.

“He’s suffering, that’s not good.

“We want to give him the chance to be in Russia.”

The Franco-German coach also said he expects to change a few things in his team on Saturday so as to surprise the Zambians, who he reckoned know a lot about the Eagles.

“They know us, so we have to change a few things, be more dangerous so as to surprise them,” he said.

“They have changed a lot with young players from their U20s, they are a different team from the one we beat in Ndola.

“They have to win to stand any chance, while a draw could even be enough for us, but we want to win this game.”


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