Eagles must be physically, technically fit to  beat Libya, says Rohr


Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, says his team must be physically fit and technically sound to beat Libya in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the AkwaIbom National Stadium Uyo.

Rohr admits the Mediterranean Knights are a strong side, but the Super Eagles will prepare for Saturday’s crunch clash like they did against Cameroon last year.

 “We have to prepare for the two matches like we did against Cameroon last year,” Rohr was quoted in a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles.

 “Focus on Libya’s strong team who had a draw in South Africa and are leaders in our group.”

“Two games in four days means that we have to be very fit physically and technically.”

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles are still expecting OdionIghalo and Brian Idowu in camp.

Rohr’s team returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Seychelles in Victoria in the AFCON qualifier last month after an unimpressive 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia where they exited in the group stages.Meanwhile, Super Eagles fringe player, Mikel Agu, has reiterated the importance of a Nigerian victory in the Super Eagles’ 2019 AFCON qualifying double header against Libya with the first leg scheduled for the Akwa-Ibom International Stadium Uyo on Saturday and the return leg in Tunisia next week Tuesday.

 “For a country of Nigeria’s standing and pedigree in international football, it is a shame that we have not been to the AFCON since 2013. So we must ensure that we make it this time around and the best way to do that is to beat Libya who are currently the group,”

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The Super Eagles are third in Group E with one point separating them and two top sides four points, Libya and South Africa, a situation Agu reckons can be remedied if the Gernit Rohr’s team gets the better of the North Africans over two legs.

“I think everything is in our hands. If we get a good win in the first leg at home, it will give us good momentum going into the second leg which, fortunately, will be played in a neutral venue in SfaxTunisia.

 “So we stand a good chance of nicking at least a draw in Sfax, although we should play for an outright win. If we are able to get a minimum of four points from the two games, we would either be on top or be breathing down the neck of the South Africans.”The FC Porto player, currently on loan at Vitoria Setubal, also looks forward to a return to the national team after his last minute omission from the squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On his club form, Agu is upbeat that everything is going according to plan and happy to have chosen Setubal.

“I’ve said it and I will repeat it. Coming to Setubal was the best decision I made in the summer. I’m working hard and the result is paying off. I’m in the team now and enjoying my football. This can only help my recall to the national team because I intend to keep this form up. Best of luck to Nigeria on Saturday and next week Tuesday too,” Agu concluded.

The Super Eagles last played at the AFCON when they won the 2013 edition in South Africa.

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