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AFCON Qualifier: Eagles departs for Tunisia today 

 

Tuesday’s 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier reverse clash between Libya and Nigeria will kick off 7pm, as  the Super Eagles will fly out to Tunisia from Uyo 8am today on a chartered flight.
Officials in Sfax, Tunisia, further disclosed that the weather is normal with temperature between 20 and 27 degrees.
Should the North Africans avenge this loss, they will topple the Eagles from the second spot.
Only the top two teams in the group will qualify for next year’s AFCON.
Ighalo has rewarded my faith in him – Rohr
Technical adviser of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr says Odion Ighalo has proved his critics wrong by scoring a hattrick in the team’s 4 – 0 whitewash of Libya at the Godswill Akpabio international stadium in Uyo on Saturday.
The Franco-German trainer has faced massive criticisms from different sections of the football lovers in the country for sticking to play the Chanchun Yatai in form star who failed to hit the net for the Eagles at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Gernot Rohr said. “We had the confidence to bring Ighalo, some days ago at a press conference someone asked me why do you maintain Ighalo in the team, I think today he’s given the answer. It’s wonderful to see him scoring the three goals but the three goals came from the team.”
The Super Eagles are billed to face Libya in the return leg on Tuesday October 16 in Sfax Tunisia. The team is billed to fly into the North African country for the encounter on Monday.
…team must be stronger to beat Libya again – Rohr
Super Eagles will have to be stronger if they were to achieve the double over Libya in an AFCON double-header, according to coach Gernot Rohr.
Nigeria trounced Libya 4-0 in Uyo on Saturday and both teams clash again in Sfax, Tunisia, on Tuesday.
“We have to be stronger to win again,” Rohr said.
“It’s not finished yet.
“Libya was not defensive and they could also have scored. They played well, they were fighting.”
He added: “We were lucky to score from the penalty spot so early, but we worked hard for the four goals and we could even have scored more in the first half.
“But we didn’t underrate them and it wasn’t easy to score four goals.”
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has already sent of an advanced party to Tunisia to ensure all arrangements are in place for the Eagles when they fly into the North Africa country.
…Rohr fancies Collins as long term option
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said, Paderborn defender, Jamilu Collins may make the left-back position in his own despite not ruling out the return of Elderson Echiejile to the team as soon as he gets back to action with a new club.
Rohr has experimented with several players as he works on a transition in the left-back position; with 30-year-old Echiejile gradually coming to the end of his international career.
Bryan Idowu and Ola Aina have both played in that position, but on Saturday, Rohr handed Collins his full competitive debut and the player didn’t disappoint.
The German coach praised the youngster’s ability to join the attack, his game attitude and composure as well as being a natural left-footed player, who can actually cross the ball.
He likened Collins to Echiejile adding that the latter is not back in the team simply because he is yet to find a club after leaving AS Monaco.

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